Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Women in Politics, Public Pensions and Voter Turnout with Sarah Anzia

Sarah Anzia, Henry E. Brady

Date: May 8, 2017 Duration: 27 minutes

Women who are elected to Congress perform better, on average, than their male counterparts, according to research conducted by political scientist Sarah Anzia. They secure more federal funding for their districts, sponsor or co-sponsor more legislation and are seen as more collaborative with fellow members. But why are there so few in Congress? In many cases, it's just about being asked. Anzia's analysis shows that women are more likely to take the leap if they are encouraged to become candidates. In this conversation with Dean Henry E. Brady, Anzia also explains the politics of pension benefits (no one likes to vote against proposed increases) and the impact on voter turnout in off-cycle elections.