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Dana Wolfe’s Research: What Difference Women Make in Politics

An article in this week's Atlantic asks "Would Electing More Women Fix Congress?" and cited in the piece is research co-authored by Colorado College Assistant Professor of Political Science Dana Wittmer Wolfe.

Wolfe is the author of a paper published in the American Journal of Political Science titled "When Are Women More Effective Lawmakers Than Men?"

The story in The Atlantic, published Aug. 23, notes that only 19 percent of the seats in the U.S. Congress are held by women, despite the fact that women make up more than half the United States' population. It goes on to say "Congress being what it is these days-a snarling ragebeast incapable of compromise-it's an easy jump to wonder if this wild gender imbalance might be part of the problem."

Wolfe, who joined the faculty at Colorado College in 2011, studies American politics, with specific interests in gender, public opinion, public policy, and Congress. Her work looks at how women perform once elected to political office, specifically, what types of bills that they introduce and how successful women are at getting those bills passed.

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