A gender gap is perceived in public policy attitudes among legislators of both parties so that Democratic women are more liberal and more feminist than Democratic men while Republican women are more moderate and more feminist than Republican men. This suggests that women and men bring different perspectives to their work in Congress (Carroll, Dodson, and Mandel 599).
The same organization examined the policy views and impact of women in Congress and found that life experiences created differences between men and women in the legislature. Each congresswoman may define "women's interests" differently, so the impact is not uniform. The impact may be found not only in gender differences on voting but also in such things as the greater energy women devote to an issue, the behind-the-scenes activities they undertake, and the critical choices they make (Dodson, Carroll, Mandel, Kleeman, Schreiber, and Liebowitz 622-623). The study found that women in the 103rd Congress made a diff