How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Broken Congress? | Alternet
The 123 women elected to both houses of Congress – 103 Democrats and 20 Republicans – have the potential to work across the partisan divide.
Numerous studies on gender and problem-solving show that women are often bridge builders, collaborating to find the solutions to tricky problems.
Our research confirms these findings. In one 2017 study on leadership styles, we found that women are more likely to use inclusive “both/and” thinking, meaning they see conflict and tensions as opportunities for input rather than problems.
Men are more likely to adopt “either/or” thinking – attitudes that advance their own agendas and denigrate those of the other side.
Women build bridges
Women have played this role in Congress before.