Women in Congress get higher scores on environmental issues
By Anika Lanser
A new report from Rachel’s Network, a nonprofit that focuses on women and environmental issues, finds that women legislators are far more likely to vote in favor of legislation that protects or preserves the environment. The research, based on an analysis of the League of Conservation Voters scorecards for members of the U.S. House and Senate from 2006–2018, found that the average LCV score for women senators was 71 compared to 46 for their male counterparts. In the House, women on average scored 70 while men scored 43.
The results demonstrate that female legislators vote in favor of legislation that aims to address environmental concerns with greater frequency than their male counterparts. “The take-home message is clear: We need more women in office to solve our environmental challenges,” said Rachel’s Network President Fern Shepard. “Since our organization has a 501(c)4 [an arm of a nonprofit that can endorse and support candidates], Rachel’s Action Network, we’ve been able to apply this information in our own work by endorsing candidates, helping train women to run for office, and running digital ads for women in strategic races.” Shepard noted that this work is especially important in primaries. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE
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