What’s The Magic Number?

Today, in the New York Times op-ed pages, we turn to the wisdom of “studies have shown” for clues as to how our new women representatives might perform. At 20 percent of the Senate and 18.6 percent of the House, those numbers are high. But in addition to the distribution issues I mentioned yesterday, as Mendelberg and Karpowitz point out, those numbers aren’t enough. Continue reading