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A study at Northwestern University looks at the way we judge politicians to help explain the gender gap in politics. The study denies that people rationally consider candidates, and instead states, “research indicates that people use shallow decision heuristics, such as impressions of competence made solely from facial appearance when deciding whom to vote for.”  73 students (38 women and 35 men) looked at facial photos of prospective ... Read More
Looks like the Senate bathrooms might need a makeover. Newly reelected Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar recently spoke about one consequence of having a record number of women senators: a line in the bathroom. “For the first time, we had a traffic jam in the women’s senator’s bathroom,” she said. “There were five women in there. There’s only two stalls! And I’m not going to say who — that would be really bad for ... Read More
The election is over, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! Besides the re-election of President Barack Obama and “America’s happy warrior” Vice President Joe Biden, this election saw the legalization of gay marriage in Maine and Maryland, the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and more women elected to the Senate than ever before.  I hope you spent last night cheering and hugging random strangers in a bar, but ... Read More
Fifty Percent.  50%.  Half.  I hope it’s not news that women comprise fifty percent of our country- and of course our world’s- population.  This very simple fact, one should hope, would translate into the equal distribution of power.  However, this is not the case and I find it ceaselessly perplexing.  The government remains an elite and exclusive club inundated with (white) men.  Why are women a minority, when we are ... Read More
Mary Gonzalez won the El Paso, Texas, primary in May and since she ran uncontested, she will become the representative for her district.  However, she also last week received the title of being the first open “pansexual” to take office.  Rather than focusing on her ideals, politics, or pledges, her pansexuality- in conservative Texas of all places- is placing Gonzalez in the limelight, raising a lot of eyebrows, and sure, cowboy hats. Unsurprisingly, ... Read More
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is credited with the famous quote, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” which is a phrase that has since become a slogan of just about everyone and their grandma. (There’s even a coffee mug floating around the BUST office with the quote.) But at 92nd Street Y’s recent talk on Women in Politics moderator Alison Stewart, host of PBS’s Need to Know, asked authors Nora Ephron and Rebecca Traister how this quote ... Read More
A mailer went out to Tampa, Florida residents stating that mayoral candidate, Rose Ferlita, is unfit for office. Why? Well, for starters, she’s single.The mailer makes claims on her personal reasons for remaining unmarried, stating that it’s because she’s made her political ambitions (note that they don’t say career) a priority. Her single status also prompts the mailer to state she has “suspect family values” which could ... Read More