women politicians

Are lady mags afraid of powerful women?

In many ways, one could easily argue, mainstream women's magazines are like the mini-Bud Lite Limaritas of the publishing world: fetchingly packaged, surprisingly satisfying and packed with stuff that's not-so-great for me. Yet I love them both.

What Do Female Politicians and Jackie Robinson Have in Common?

Answer: They've both excelled in their respective fields thanks, in part, to their outsider status. At least that's the theory proposed by a pair of political scientists who compared the effectiveness of male and female members of Congress in the United States. Dubbed the "Jackie (And Jill) Robinson Effect", the idea is that since women politicians have so many obstacles in their way, particularly voter bias, only the best of the best will win Congressional seats. So while women comprise a minority in Congress, they're more successful at securing federal money for their districts and sponsoring and co-sponsoring legislation than male legislators.

In last Friday's Guardian, Kira Cochrane lamented the minimal gains made by women politicians at the polls. Once the dust had finally settled on the parliamentary elections, only 16 new female representatives picked up seats, boosting the percentage of women MPs to just 22 percent. And to top it off, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed just four women among his 23-person cabinet.