Press releases, senator Patrick Leahy, senator Tammy Baldwin, Women and elective Office, voters
The conclusion of Chapter 8 of Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future 3rd edition, is very insightful about the effect of gender stereotypes on serving senators. Remarkably, voters are driven by stereotypes to perceive women senators as caring, honest, and highly competent on health-care matters as compared to their male competitors. On the contrary, male senators are usually considered as less caring hence they strive to explicitly seek recognition for any positive legislative successes that could benefit the electorate.
[...] Arguably, not all the press releases made by male senators are aimed at drawing compassion from the electorate and some press releases made by female senators also highlight their caring nature. However, men tend to be more direct in their expression of a caring attitude and they produce more press releases where they show what they are doing to directly benefit their electorate. Ironically, gender stereotyping has liberated women in senatorial positions to take positions on controversial issues and serve the nation as a whole in a way that men cannot afford. [...]
[...] The series of press releases that Leahy has issued since the beginning of this month show his focus on endearing himself to his voters. In a press release that Leahy made on February it is certain that he capitalizes on his position as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Agricultural Committee to do likeable things for the electorate in his backyard. In this case, he was in support of a bicameral drive to safeguard U.S. dairy farmers and cheese producers against a treaty proposed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). [...]
[...] February Leahy, Patrick. “Press Releases.” N.d. February Thomas, Sue and Clyde Wilcox. Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future. 3rd edition. New York: Oxford University Press Print. [...]
[...] Baldwin has issued a series of press releases since the beginning of February touching on national policy issues. On February she reported that she supported the presidential policy suggestions for Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) in the war against ISIL, albeit she would like to see the policy improved before it is passed. On the same day, another release from Baldwin is that she had introduced a bill seeking to transform learning through innovative technology. It is emphasized that she did this in her capacity as a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. [...]
[...] Comparing the two senators regarding their press releases on Authorization of the Use of Military Force against ISIL confirms the notion that male senators do not express their stances as clearly as their women counterparts. Senator Baldwin declares her support for AUMF with amendments, but Leahy plays with words to make a suggestion that he is opposed to ISIL and would like to see something done against it. Leahy perhaps dos not want to court opposition among his electors given the opposition that the general public showed towards U.S. [...]
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