January 25th, 2011
04:10 PM ET

Women politicians more effective than men?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Turns out you can add politics to the list of things that women do better than men. It's a long list.
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The Daily Beast reports on a new study that shows female politicians are among the most productive and persuasive ones in the country.

This research in the American Journal of Political Science is the first to compare the performance of male and female politicians. It shows women do a better job at securing pork for their home districts and shaping policy.

From 1984 to 2004, women politicians won about $50 million more a year for their districts than men did.

As for policy, women sponsored more bills and attracted more co-sponsors than their male counterparts. The female politicians' bills also made it further through the legislative process and got more media attention.

The authors say this is because women do a better job at "logrolling, agenda-setting, coalition building and other deal-making activities."

They suggest women make better politicians because they have to. Consider that women hold less than one in five of all national seats, so the ones who make it to Washington better be pretty good.

The study concludes that in order to overcome any bias against women in leadership roles, these female politicians have to work even harder to be seen as equals.

Sound familiar?

They call their study "The Jackie (and Jill) Robinson Effect," a reference to the first African-American player in Major League Baseball. He was also one of the greatest of all time.

The comparison here is that because of racism during Robinson's era, black baseball players had to be better than whites to make it to the big leagues.

Here’s my question to you: Why are women politicians more effective than men?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ken in North Carolina writes:
Have you ever seen a nation send an all-women army into battle against women? You will not because they will go to war and come home a week later knowing how to get all the work done without guns, bullets and bombs. Women politicians are no different. They are good.

Daniel writes:
I think the study is biased and it's hard to make generalizations in any case. We have good men politicians and bad male politicians the same way we have good female politicians and Sarah Palin.

Ed in California writes:
Women are better survivors than men. A woman can out-think a man, every time. Women are more honest, more blunt and a lot more organized than men. They make way better decisions. It's too bad that politics is a "Boys Club". We all lose because of it!

Carol in Northampton, Massachusetts writes:
They are? I'm looking around. Hmmmm. No. Don't see that many effective women politicians. Very few men either. Effectiveness is not gender specific. It's person specific.

Kyle in California writes:
I believe women in politics and business feel they have to prove themselves to be accepted... I honestly think women can do a better job then men because they will attack their responsibilities with more professionalism and commitment. With that said, I don't want to see Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin elected president.

Alex in Bremerton, Washington writes:
Remembering my six credit hours of psychology, women are generally more willing to compromise to achieve "half a loaf" results without burning bridges in the process. Men generally see any conflict as an "all or nothing" battle where winning is more important than achieving results.

Debbie in Charleston, South Carolina writes:
Women are more effective because we just get to work. We aren't hindered by the "mine is bigger than yours" mentality that men suffer from.

Rod in Chicago writes:
Oh brother. Another great question, Jack. This place is like the trailer park of political blogs.

soundoff (126 Responses)
  1. Laura, Boston Massachusetts

    Hi Jack:

    Woman are more effective than men in more than politics! Why? Because they are daughters, wives, mothers and are involved with the dealings of their families.

    Husbands say "Honey you deal with it" and we do!!!

    January 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  2. Ron in Ohio

    They aren't. They are equal. It has been a long time coming for women and there still is a good ways to go to total equality, but the sex in not the driving force, the individual's brain is. Our country, unlike too many others, has come to realize women do have brains. Now if our country would stop nurturing too many men to be boys enthralled with sports and video gimmicks, that would be refreshing too.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  3. Joe R - Houston, TX

    Most women are honest, law abiding citizens who have trouble lying to you with a straight face. Women in politics, like their male counterparts – are specially gifted.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  4. honest John in Vermont

    Because women know how to compromise better than men to get what they want.

    January 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  5. Wilson James

    We can change the question to "Some women better than some men" based on two words: Bachmann and Palin.....

    January 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  6. James Walker

    My experience, as a male, who worked in the women-dominated healthcare field for many years highly respected their patience, tenacity, moral character, empathy, and skill- all qualities important in politics and sometimes lacking with their male counterparts.

    Newburyport, MA

    January 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  7. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Because their are fewer of them. They can not get in as much trouble with the media being that there are not as many of them. There are a whole hell of a lot more men to go after, attack and smear.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  8. beevee

    Women can be better at politics because they seem to be more open for dialogue with the other party ( most of the time), and for most part do not show emotional outbursts and less pigheaded.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  9. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it's because women aren't trying to prove who's got the biggest... um, ego.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  10. TonyInNYC

    It may go deeper than having to strive harder. Men are socialized to be competitive, dominant, and physically aggressive, but that's not always the best strategy to get things. Sometimes consensus, communication, and cooperation get the job done, and women are socialized to do things that way.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  11. sambo

    heck Jack, they're smarter.
    this is the biggest reason the muslim countries can't get out of the 10th century.......They restrict the women

    January 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Moseania, Chicago

    Females are great at "talking" so to "shut them up" everyone succumbs to their verbose.

    When I was studying to be a teacher, the data stated that girls were better in language than the boys.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  13. Joe Dirte

    One thing that I have noticed is they are liars just like their male counterparts. But they are probably better liars too!
    Give it a fews years and the women will be bickering too much and get less done than their male counterpart. We need a new kind of politician, you know one that is true to the people and tell the corporations to take a flying leap!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  14. Gary H. Boyd

    Until last November Nancy Pelosi was 2nd in line to be President and the thought of her possibly having her finger on the nuclear trigger scared the hell out of me. Currently Hillary Clinton's number 4 in potential ascendency and several women Department Secretary's are in line thereafter with Janet Napolitano bringing up the rear, literally, in that same parade. Clearly women hold high office in American politics and rightfully so but, just like men, many are wholly misplaced so I'd call it a draw.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  15. Gerald (Tampa, FL)

    I would not necessarily say women are better in politics than men. Men in politics have been spending way too much time these days on how to knock each other out of power that they forget why they were elected in the first place. Women however use more of their energy in a positive manner in getting things done. This wouldn't be an issue if men stick to their principles and craft legislation worthy of the American people.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Karen

    Not if you are counting Palin and Bachmann!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  17. jean2009

    Could it be that women are more family oriented and some have more empathy for others?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  18. Mikael from Ontario

    I don't know Jack, I am all for woman being seen as equal or even better than their male counter parts, but no woman in politics from the 80's to present can say they've had to face the same obstacles, enviroments or challenges or have changed the political landscape like Robinson, Bankhead, Brown, Thompson, and Doby did to an American institution in 1947. The comparison is laughable, so is saying women who's districts are broke and debt ridden are somehow better because they borrowed more and got more pork and bills passed. Just because they got an F+ instead of an F does not make them more effective.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  19. Mike, Pekin, IL

    Wait a minute, Jack. You site the ability to bring home more pork to their home districts as proof of their being more effective. Aren't we in the financial mess we have now because of all of the pork? Wouldn't this make them less effective as leaders and financial stewards? Wouldn't that be called being irresponsible and greedy?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  20. Scott in Alamogordo, NM

    Palin, Angle, Bachman, McDonnell, Foxx, Lincoln, and several others must not have been in the study. They should be considered an additional handicap to the rest.

    They have to overcome the men AND these women!

    January 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  21. JT

    I don't believe they are anymore effective then men. Any in politics is just as corrupt as the other sex. If they appear to be more effective, maybe they are more corrupt? Lot of effective politicians are corrupt.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  22. Scott Stodden

    Because Women Aren't Afraid To Say It Like They Mean It!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    January 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  23. Tim

    Yes they are. Men try to be your friend. Women do not mind getting to the point of things.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  24. Mark

    I am not surprised as women at a young age learn quickly that what problems they cannot resolve through physical means, they would do through the politcal process. Deal making, coalition building is what young women do to overcome their problems in any society and so should naturally be more adept at the politcal process.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  25. Dennis north Carolina

    women are more open minded and willing to try out side the thinking box.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  26. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    I know when not to answer your question!:)

    January 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  27. Burbank from CA

    It's the same ol' stuff, and I quote from a coffee mug I once had. "In today's world a woman has to be twice as good as a man to prove she is half as good. Fortunately it isn't difficult." "Nuff said...

    January 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  28. Matthew

    It seems only logical that we finally have a female in the top office....unless that person would happen to be Nancy Pelosi that is.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  29. Diana

    I think the study offers one potential explanation. The other is that women by nature tend to be better negotiators and less likely to hold on rigidly to one view versus another, that compounded with a society that is more receptive and responsive to professional females could have lead to women having a profound effect in the political arena.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  30. Bob

    What? Win more for their districts? Stealing tax money for local benefit? This is the metric for political effectiveness? As not what you can do constructively, but how much you can grab? Has any politician ever done anything trully constructive, anything that required intelligence or creativity, or anything other than promoting himself or herself in order to acquire benefits for himself and herself?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  31. sokiro

    Womyn is the only definition that balance common sense in humanity.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  32. 133crayons

    "From 1984 to 2004, women politicians won about $50 million more a year for their districts than men did."

    This clearly shows that our government has shifted from protecting property to seizing it for the benefits of others. Gender nor race should matter in how people's property is being protected. Introducing gender and/or race as a method to have government legally plunder from an opposing group should be a wake-up call to all.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  33. Scott Jones

    "Why are women politicians more effective than men?"

    If the only way you judge success is by how large their bankroll is, you're doing it wrong. I'd like to see a list of how many things they've accomplished for their constituencies. I'd like to see actual DEEDS not how much people WANT or believe they can accomplish. I'm willing to bet it's a little less than equal. Why? Am I sexist? Nope. The old boy's network has been at work for a long, long time. An insider would, more likely than not, be able to get things working quicker than an outsider. This will change over time but I don't think it's right us thinking it already has.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  34. Gigi Oregon

    Women are known to use both sides of their brain. And it helps.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  35. Donna

    Some women are better at politics than men. Some however, are not very good. It depends on the woman's education and experience. If she sticks to the FACTS and is able to see both sides of a situation than she is better. Otherwise, she is just like her male counterparts.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  36. Dave Bonini

    Chicago, IL
    I've had similar discussions with female co-workers. Some woman believe it's because boys growing up are more likely to play on sports' teams, and as a result, compete with a sense of teamwork. Where as girls tend to compete as individuals and not in teams, so they learn to become more self-reliant.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  37. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Please Jack enough with the pandering to women. Sponsoring bills and being more successful in bilking the taxpayers is not a true measure of the worth of a Legislator. What was the significance of the bills they brought to the floor? I know my idiot Senator sponsors many bills but zero with any significance.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  38. Ralph Spyer

    Because they act on their own behalf than on the behalf of others.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  39. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Who knows maybe it's just a pretty face or else just desperation people grasping and gasping for someone to do something right .

    January 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  40. Jeff in Minnesota

    Have you looked at the male politicians lately versus the female ones? Who would you rather hang out with Jack, John Boehner, Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Kristen Gillibrand? I'm just guessing it's one of the women.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  41. Justin B

    With regards to the $50 million more in pork that women won over their male counterparts, did this study also include an account for a district per capita basis? Is there even a meaningful difference in district populations? Or is that not considered to be relevant? If not, why would it not be relevant?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  42. Bobby E.Lahmon Jackson

    Some not all of them tends to be more effective in getting away with just saying anything regardless of how stupid and void of facts it may be but these cooks don't speak for all women there are many women out there that are just as effective as men are and I'm sure that there are some that are much more effective

    January 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  43. Hira

    Women are better politicians because they are more reasonable and unbiased. Women see both sides of an issue and their thinking is not clouded by an abnormally large ego.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  44. sam

    the simple truth is that women are just plain superior than men. simple as that.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  45. EJ in Metro Houston

    sorry Jack but when I look at women like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann I have to question if your statement is really on the money. Or perhaps these two just happen to be exceptions to the rule.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  46. fidogump

    Better? Bachmann said slavery was abolished when the constituion was written. Better I don't think so, I think the media goes easy on them

    January 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  47. Ken in Pinon Hills, CA

    Just that, because they are woman. They have been in leadership roles in just about everything forever but men didn't get it, or their macho blinded them.
    If you are married, when was the last time you won an argument with your wife? Now go take out the trash.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  48. soneill

    They're better suited to politics – it's almost like "mothering". Most real men do not have the tolerance to deal with the bureaucracy and the frustration that goes with it. A shot a being on the board of directors of a homeowners association is enough to scare most men.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  49. Ann from Charleston SC

    Add to all your reasons that women are more inclined to work together to get the job done while men are more combative.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  50. Rick

    So.. what are you saying... Nancy Pelosi must be a man?

    January 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  51. Sam Dallas

    Yeah", Is Sara Palin, Mischell Bachmann, Virginia Fox and hosts of others who are Birthers, effective?. May be Mrs. Margaret Thatcher was regarded as being effective, but how many women has been elected as British Prime-Minister since her exit from the British political scene.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  52. Stewart in Portland

    Because we want to believe they have our best interest at heart, like a good mother. Strong women are emerging in power – i married one, and glad of it – she's an awesome wife and partner.

    However, in todays political climate, the video clip is King – Queen in this case, and people don't always look for substance. I'll answer your question with a question – would people listen to Sarah Palin or Michele Bachman if they were not good looking? I'm with matt Damon on this one.

    January 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  53. Dr Patricia Brawley

    Look into my eyes... she says.
    Well, women know how to watch body language, eye contact, and such. And, it matters.
    Why doesn't someone tell President Obama that we are tired of seeing his ears as he swivels his head from right to left. Look me in the eye, which, I suppose means, look into the camera. Connect. Talk to me, tnot whoever is over to your left or right side of the room.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
  54. Dianna Gilhooly

    What a surprise! Women have always been harder workers than men. Men for years have ridden on the coattails of women's work. Even Lee Iaccoa wrote in his books years ago that he reduced everyone's salary at Chrysler but not secretaries because they got the work done. We all know that most secretaries are women!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  55. Mr. Purple

    With such a small percentage of women politicians it could be that they are good at all the things listed in the article. It could also be that they are good at manipulating the men politicians. If the situation was reversed, and there were few male politicians and many females, those males may be seen as better at things than the females, simply because the majority (female) politicians don't view them as a threat or a strong block and cut them some slack.

    So, since you don't have a control group for your analysis what you say may well be true at this moment in time, but may not be true over the long run as the demographic shifts.

    I think its too early in our democracy to tell which are better politicians, male or female, or if there is really no significant difference. We need more women in office to prove or disprove your theory, Jack.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  56. art

    So, will the women politicians do a bad job, once there are enough women in politics? I hope not. But i do agree that they have to be good, else the men on the job will privately gang up on her.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  57. BD70

    Because women still have to prove themselves. Women traditionally in any field still have to prove themselves. A male dominated field? The women have to prove themselves. Dominated field by men? Women I had to do it in the technologies and it doesn't stop there. Fields dominated by men who become complacent or dominate in any field is not a good thing.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  58. Bill Flannery

    Your article answers the question. While there is discrimination or bias only the very best and most determined members of the underdog demographic will gain attention and respect. Once established, their intelligence and diligence will propel them further.

    Hence, we'll be able to gauge when racial/gender equality has been attained. We'll have as many incompetent female and members of race in important leadership roles as we do whites and men.

    Morris County, New Jersey

    January 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  59. Felix Soto

    Why is Palin on the list. The women is a joke brought to us by McCain.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  60. Karl in Mich

    Like Jackie Robinson, women politicians have to be better to make it into the big leagues. Men get too tied up in their macho BS whereas women roll with the punches. Women will be more flexible and convincing to find a common ground where men can’t see the forest for the trees. Women also mostly work behind the scenes to get things done and don’t have to be in front of the cameras extolling their accomplishments like their male counterparts. I am speaking in generalities, of course, because not all women are of this ilk. Need I name names?

    January 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  61. Ken in NC

    Have you ever seen a nation send an all woman army into battle against women? You will not because they will go to war and come home a week later knowing how to get all the work done without guns, bullets and bombs. Women Politicians are no different. They are good.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  62. Tim in Texas

    And then there's Palin and Bachmann – who if they are effective are only so because ....? Why again do they have any supporters? Oh, yeah – 'cause men like to sit on the couch and watch them.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  63. steve - virginia beach

    So... the study says that women are better at pork barrel spending and setting the policies of the last 26 years... policies that drove our country into the ditch. While men have been in the majority and have been blamed for it. Women are more effective at doing the wrong things and getting men to go along with it because they've been practicing ever since God gave Eve the apple.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  64. Jen Hendrey

    This is not a surprise. Women's efficacy has nothing to do with innate superiority, and everything to do with the fact that because men are generally the "final authority" in anything, women must be extremely skillful and subtle negotiators and influencers in order to get outcomes they desire. Some methods are overt (friendly consensus building); some are almost subconscious (the kinds of phrasing women employ), but from a very young age, females learn to navigate in a man's world, usually under the radar, and with high levels of success!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  65. Daniel

    I think the result of the study is biased and its hard to make generalization in any case. we have good men politicians and bad male politicians the same way we have good female politicians and Sarah Pallin.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  66. Bob from Baltimore

    Simple they understand and use Muli-tasking .Work outside the home, clean the house ,ferry around the kids and put a good dinner on the table.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  67. Juan

    There's many types of criminal activities women are better at, politics just being one kind.
    I still say men are better at the violent ones though.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  68. Tom W

    Man up Jack! You should know who really wears the pants in most settings.
    Men can talk and walk, but not at the same time like women can.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  69. Clint McSherry

    That's easy – women politicians are more effective than men because, unlike men, they don't spend most of their energy chasing women, marking their territory, or pounding their chests. Instead, they tend to communicate better, build relationships and coalitions, and work towards shared goals for the greater good.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  70. Lydia in Alabama

    Even though Women in politics are as competitve as Men, they view and constantly think about the lives of the individuals they represent. Women tend to try to find ways to please everyone they represent verses just the Special Interest in their campaigns.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  71. Karen

    Women are more focused. Studies always show that women are better multi-taskers, and are better at achieving those tasks. I think male politicians can achieve the tasks they want to, but they would probably have to strictly focus on that one task, rather than a female politician who can most likely fulfill all of her duties as well as accomplishing the tasks she has set.

    Ontario, Canada

    January 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  72. Shelley Lesher

    As a past mayor and town council member, my experience is that, in general, women tend to use power to accomplish tasks and projects, while men use tasks and projects to acquire power. Different end products, therefore more female efficiency in completing tasks and achieving goals.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  73. Leirum Bey

    Unless you are a womyn, you probably don't understand!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  74. Ed's Kate

    Most of the women who are in politics are very good at what they do because they are intelligent, well educated, and really and truly care about their constituents.

    Of course, there are exceptions to everything. I certainly would not call the likes of some of the women presently in office or who left office before their term was up or the wanna-bes who ran for office exactly good examples of women politicians.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  75. Anne

    We have always had to prove ourselves. When I was working, I was grossly underpaid. My male counterparts got more and I was consideried a "second" income and didn't needed as much money. So to keep your job you shut your cakehole and how dare you turndown the work load piled on you by your male counterparts. We are just trained too well.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
  76. Venessa

    Because men are too busy tooting their horns and more talk than action. While they are talking, the woman is taking care of the action. We already know that our husband or mate will not remember the thing we told them and we will know to take action and get it done but first allow a man to be a man. Now that is not to be confused with some of the women in politics today. They want to play the game like men. So, they are only politicking and not putting into action. Unlike, say Hillary Clinton while Pres. Clinton was in office...she was busy working hard to pass health care reform. Lady Obama didn't just say America need to get healthy and we should put a commission together to make sure that all the men agree, but she just got it done. Way to go!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  77. G. T. German

    Women are better collaborators than men. More into relationships than their personal beliefs.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  78. Cathy Walsh

    Easy: Women are detail people and that's what it takes to get anything done whether the woman is out front or working behind the scenes for the man who gets the credit

    January 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  79. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Men remain intimidated by professional women and look to avoid confrontation.
    Therefore, it is not only the female legislators right, but their obligation to turn this advantage into the political equivalent of the largest possible constituent shoe closet.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  80. Daniel

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I think the result of the study is biased and its hard to make generalization in any case. we have good male politicians and bad male politicians the same way we have good female politicians and Sarah Pallin.

    From London, Ontario

    January 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  81. Elliott

    ARE women really more effective politicians, Jack?. That's just what one study says, and it seems to me you can get get a study to say practically
    anything. It doesn't surprise me that a a female supremacist like the Daily Beast's Tina Brown would pounce on this partcular study–it says what she wants to believe. Personally, I think it's bs, or at any rate, very highly arguable. Elliott in MA

    January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  82. Mike Thome

    Why are women better politicians than men? Simple, men have been at it longer.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  83. chloe, texas

    I think that women in general have learned to multi-task well and have been socialized to be more cooperative, collaborative, and empathetic. That said, there are some women politicians who are an embarrassment when they espouse extremist positions or are utterly nonsensical. Need I name names?

    January 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  84. Veronica Freeman

    Because woman was created in the beginning to be a "help meet for man", according to the Bible, and in some areas, if not most, including politics...MAN NEEDS WOMAN'S HELP, when it comes to being effective! 🙂

    January 25, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  85. Alvin

    I don't know. I guess "NO" is not an option. Perhaps they have embraced the concept of their constituents and really feel their passion. It could merely be, they can't let people down like men. Men always seem to take the "hard line" and can be a colder breed of human.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  86. Susan from Idaho

    We're not swayed by the flow of skirts. Give a guy enough pantyhose and he will hang himself.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  87. David B

    Women...as in all women...are not more effective than men as politicians. Good lord, look at Nancy Pelosi, a national disaster; or Sarah Palin who resigned her governorship to write books and do talk shows. Shameful and pathetic. But many are superior. I don't know or care why, I'd just like to see more men or women who are capable and willing to do what's necessary to get our national debt under control.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  88. annieL

    A) Women are better listeners.
    B) Women do the "housework," the un-glamorous, nitty-gritty detail stuff that turns a good idea into an accomplishment
    C) Women are willing to share the credit with those who help them
    D) Women know how to flatter and protect men's fragile egos.
    E) Women have always had to do it themselves if they wanted it done.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  89. Barbara Leighton

    Women are naturally connectors. They enjoy discussing their ideas and listening to the ideas of others. These natural traits are hugely important aspects of the job of a politician.
    Men tend to want to prove a point. It's difficult to listen and collaborate when your focus is on proof

    January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  90. Denise


    When you have to make up 2,450 lost years you don't have a minute to waste. You have to be GREAT!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  91. Tam

    To answer the question - only if they're intelligent and qualified, same requirements for the men. Looks will only get you so far, as we see from Blabbering Bachman and Failin' Palin.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  92. Ryan

    I consciously do not compare men and women, I believe that belief is what keeps sexism and if you wish to compare, skin color, we can speak about racism.
    As far as men and women in Politics, I think who ever has the heart and enough willingness, that person will end up, right where they are suppose to be. Only in comparing, do we place one human greater than another and not what a individual can bring to the the table.

    Ryan H

    January 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  93. R from NJ

    Sounds sexist to me Jack. But then again, it's only sexism if it's men being pushed solely because they are a man. And I seem to recall it being racist if someone is pushed just because of their color too.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  94. Troy K.

    The answer is simple Jack, there still remains among the electorate a prejudicial bias against women and in favor of men when it comes to positions of power and influence here in America. When a male and a female political candidate are equally qualified, Americans choose the man over the woman in nearly every occasion. It goes to show that although America has made leaps and bounds when it comes to equality of the sexes, we still have a ways to go.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  95. Eddie from Colorado

    They are not part of the Good-ol-boys club. They are likely not entrenched in the "K" street For Sale gang.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
  96. Dylan from Chicago

    The reason is that acting in a political way is much more common among girls than it is anyway. Think of the characters in your favorite TV shows about teens. If you had to choose, which gender would most likely get into a fist fight? The boys. Who would probably spend an episode trying to destroy a "freinemy's" reputation? The girls. And that way of approaching something is much more useful in politics. They may be stereotypes, but stereotypes have to be based on something.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  97. Arlene, Illinois

    Jack, don't you remember when your mother said eat all your
    veggies, its good for you?

    January 25, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
  98. eugene

    The reason women do better is because while men are standing around jockeying for positions and using up their testosterone, women are using their social prowess and understanding of family problems to make things happen. It helps to be focused on the problem and not on your ego. Most of what I see from men in congress is big egos, big mouths and nothing to show at the end of the day.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  99. Evan from Tampa,FL

    Women are better politicians than men because women are more easily trusted in society. Most women are willing to take risks which at times may be seen as wrong if men were willing to take the same risks. With the addition of "imaginative" outfits that are acceptable in the business world, make-up and different scents, it's not hard for a woman to get your attention. Women by nature are supportive of each other, and most guys are captivated by women that work those three in combination. Now all the woman has to do is deliver. If she has brainpower, it won't be hard to maintain the audience-

    January 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  100. Rachael

    Women are not afraid of working hard and have compassion for the situation plus common sense which seems to be a missing factor in men politicians. We were in Australia when the floods were in full force and Anna Bligh who is Queensland's Premier informed the people that she was not waiting for any paperwork with signatures from the government to get the clean up going they were going to send what was needed to the people in order to get their lives back. Children were going back to school when we left. With New Orleans still in dismay, it was amazing to see how fast the Australians moved with clean up – after losing everything they were quoted as saying – we have to roll up our sleeves and get on with it! Oh and did I say the Premier is a woman and so is the Prime Minster! They are expected to have a budget surplus in 2012 even with the floods.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
  101. Eric - Columbus Ohio

    It's simple. Their Mothers and they care about their children's futures. There willing to work together (for the most part) to work towards securing the future of the average american and not just the top few.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  102. Connie

    Women are more effective than men in all facets of life. It's in our genes. The day the first women is inaugurated President of the United States is the day this country will begin to move in the correct direction.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  103. Leonie, Dominican Republic

    It's my opinion women tend to better analyze data and forsee the possible impact their work has on the long term. Women also are very aware that their responsibility is family and their wellbeing, current and future. I think a key word is accountability, with women politicians. And other studies also show that women work better in getting consensus in a group.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  104. Olga

    Of course!

    Austin, Texas

    January 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  105. Debbie Rutherford

    I do believe in general women would make better politicians than men because women are more open minded to sorting out conflicting information, as they search for the truth and analyze, as well as, sort out conflicting information prior to reaching a conclusion. It requires being open minded to all possibilities. This is not to say all women fall in this category.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  106. barcie

    Well, duh! In nearly every congressional and senate race in the midterms, votes for Democrats was 10% higher for women than for men.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  107. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Women know men make their deals on the golf course and women have out smarted them by using the media.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  108. Patricia

    Jack..the political skills listed in the research that women appear to do better at are the skills that women have been perfecting since the beginning of time..logrolling..agenda setting...coalition building..and deal-making..is this a surprise.?.coupled with a degree & opportunity
    it is NO surprise to any intelligent women who has been managing a household....a career..and perhaps succesful parenting.. that they .would be more successful than their male counterparts...it's just that now she's getting recognized for it.. ...and YES she's had to work harder ,....because she still has been expected to run the homefront..things have NOT changed all that much...P. Dugan..a 60's chick with a few degrees!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  109. andydude

    Yeah, Nancy Pelosi is better than what! Sarah Palin thinks Africa is a country, and that moron from Minnesota thinks slaves were coming to America on their own accord.

    Ever wonder why the world laughs at us? 5th Grade education lacking!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  110. Kent Bott - Vancouver, WA

    Four names ... Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Christine O'Donnell and Sharon Angle ... NO Jack, they're just as bad and sometime much worse than any man!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  111. Deb Werbil

    Back in the day women ruled the world. Only when men discovered they could physically overpower us did things change. We have come full circleand it's about time. We don't have testosterone either which theoretically keeps us out of war.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  112. Annie, Atlanta

    I think it goes deeper than this study. Not to get all cosmic, but women are in tune with the rhythm of human experiences. The day after having my firstborn I heard a baby crying down the hall while simultaneously feeling a vibration deep in my chest. I sat up, anticipating a nurse to bring him in, and she did. That was the first time I noticed this inexplicable connection, but certainly not the last. Maybe what we’ve always called nurturing is our brains operating at different levels or frequencies than those of men. Not better, mind you, just different.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  113. steve - virginia beach

    So, we now have a study that shows that Sarah Palin would be a more effective President than Obama. She might be more effective but the question is whether we could survive the effectiveness of what either of them do for the 4-year term. Effective doesn't equate to good for either gender.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
  114. Gigi Oregon

    Most men talk just to hear their heads roar and women get to the task and get their work done.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  115. Chris Powell

    Makes sense to me. A woman organizes the house and controls the house budget. She is the lead in her children's education, after school activities, other moms and dads, and she is a partner in her marriage making decisions. Put her in politics, she already knows how to juggle a budget. She already knows how to negotiate to get what she wants and she knows where she can get the best deal in town, as well as knowing how to make money. Get out of her way.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
  116. Marian H Lowry

    Women in politics must excel to get there in the first place. Women are more energetic, sensitive, and far-reaching in all areas because they are accustomed to minutia and detail. They are resilient regarding their accomplishments and success. Their concentration on the subject and perseverance helps their success. They also know how to approach help in their cause.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
  117. Pat in Michigan

    because they conspire in the womans room. that is where they lay out their plans .

    January 25, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
  118. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    First, have you looked at most men in elected positions? Most of them look like the Aliens in "Mars Attacks". Now take the women in politics, the successful ones have enough cash for biological improvements that work better for them than men, who typically cannot tout things like a "pect implant" or some such. Hey, the gals look better, they schmooz better, and that's the truth, look at Nancy Pelosi, Jack, no really Jack, look at Nancy Pelosi.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  119. Richard Martin

    Simple answer, really. Women are not possessed of big muscles, brutish responses, and excessive testosterone, for the most part. All their lives they have had to practise social interaction to get their way, and so are naturally much better at communicating than men (in general). They learn the art of 'compromise', while men try ramming their opinions down the throats of their competition.

    It's pretty much a 'no brainer'. (There could be a pun in there somewhere)

    R. Martin

    January 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  120. Kevin

    This is an easy one – women generally aren't burdened with the need for power and don't display the arrogance that men do. Women are more concerned with accomplishing than with posturing. And because they are more concerned with the relationship than with their position in the relationship, they get more accomplished!

    I'm glad to see more and more women in politics, and look forward to our first female president!

    January 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  121. Kevin in CA

    They aren't – look at Carlie Fiorina, Meg Whitman and the Nevada ding-bat.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  122. KiKi Dee

    I wonder if The Daily Beast's Tina Brown had anything to do with these findings.

    This is utterly ridiculous. Pork is a measure of a successful politician? Media coverage? Outrageous – that's due to Pelosi – she's speaker of the house, controversial and the de facto spokesperson for Obama.

    Jack, I know you need to be provocative to get feedback (like mine), but let's not read too much into this. It's a silly study.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  123. mary ann Vitelli

    Women are better politicians than men because they LISTEN and LEARN.

    their constituants,

    their more experienced collegues,

    women are more willing to listen to other points of view other than their own and then make decisions.

    Men think they know all the answers and aren't willing to listen to anyone.
    They don't think they can learn anything form anyone.
    Tthey are quite willing to fail time after time.
    They only seek advice as a last resort
    . Women seek advice first which is why they get farther faster.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  124. JackieinDallas

    Because women are raised to value team-building, compassion, and communication, Jack. Those are some of the "values" I'd really LIKE to see in our politicians, instead of self-service, tunnel vision, and aggressive ignorance.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
  125. John

    My point is simply this...we all have things we excel in...sometimes a woman is better and sometimes a man is..but stop trying to stick these stupid lables on all the times.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  126. Aaron

    Sorry they are absolutely not better at this them men. Never have been, never will be.

    January 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm |