Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Women are Better Lawmakers, So How Come the U.S. Has So Few?

Women are "more effective lawmakers than men," according to a new study from Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

That’s the preliminary conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Chicago, who say that on average, women in Congress introduce more bills, attract more co-sponsors and bring home more money for their districts than their male counterparts do. .

Since 1789, women have constituted just 2 percent of the total congressional population. The ratio of female to male representatives has increased in recent years, but the pace is still fairly glacial: Nearly 17 percent of House members are women today, compared with about 3 percent in 1979.

This is just one more reason why the U.S. should finally get serious about correcting the gross injustice of the historic and ongoing male-dominated government. I know this will come as a shock to some, but democracies are not ruled by male-dominated regimes! Sixty-seven countries put the U.S. to shame when it comes to leaving behind the barbaric custom of male-domination. It's an international embarrassment.

Today, women constitute 40% of the members of parliament in Sweden, 34% in Finland, 38% in Norway, 34% in Denmark, 25% in Iceland. In the U.S., women constitute 17% of Congress. It's an international embarrassment.

The sooner the Democratic and Republican parties move to implement gender quotas, the sooner this nation can move on to a system that actually begins to resemble a democracy.

[The graphic is from Europe; obviously it ain't from the U.S.]