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Number of women in the U.S. House of Representatives could rise from 84 to 100.

In the article How many women does it take to change a broken Congress?, published in The Conversation, visiting scholar Terry Babcock-Lumish and Lerner professor of management Wendy Smith assess the potential impact of the historic number of women elected to Congress in the recent midterm election. Women lawmakers in these unprecedented numers have the potential to break through partisan divisiveness to collaborate in the 116th United States Congress, convening on January 3, 2019.

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Numerous studies on teamwork show that groups with women in them function better, in part because women are more likely than men to build social connections that enable conflict resolution.

Many of the newly elected women in Congress additionally came to power on strong, oppositional platforms – promises to fight fiercelyagainst the problems they see in American society

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