Climbing the Hill: Gender Conflict in Congress

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Overview

Climbing the Hill explores the history and current status of women members and staff on Capitol Hill. It traces the difficult history of women in Congress, their slow and painful path to political power and their hopes and fears of today. It presents a comprehensive analysis of women's success at the polls and within the congressional hierarchy—legislatively, politically, and socially. Through in-depth research and extensive personal interviews, the authors reveal the deep-rooted sexual divisions within the U.S. Congress and the continuing struggle of women to break into the old boy network. The book's comprehensive coverage is unique and up-to-date and will be of interest to scholars, students, and interested layreaders.

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Editorial Reviews

Alice Joyce
The Foerstels open this study with an overview of the history of women elected to Congress, providing a context for the myriad challenges and obstacles faced by women in the political arena. Reviewing the current situation, the authors go on to trace election highs and consequent defeats during the 1992 and 1994 election years. With keen insights, they illuminate the process of party politics and offer a critique of the committee system. This analysis touches on those issues most pertinent to women. The Foerstels also assess the gender quotient among congressional staff, following the path from employee to elected official and examining examples of discrimination. In essence, they indicate there is little cause for optimism while the male-dominant power structure is still in control.
Booknews
A history of women on Capitol Hill documenting the struggle to power beginning with Elizabeth Cady Stanton through today's Congress. The authors dispel myths about the women elected to office, surveying their politics, ambitions, and the particular challenges to women in American politics. Well researched and thought provoking, the volume both portrays the lives of women in Congress and also exposes "the old boy network" and the legislative hierarchy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275949143
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1996
  • Pages: 226
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

KAREN FOERSTEL is a senior reporter with Congressional Quarterly, specializing in political and legislative issues in the House of Representatives.

HERBERT N. FOERSTEL is head of Branch Libraries at the University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

1 A History of Struggle 1
2 The Decade of the Woman: An Uncertain Promise 47
3 Aspiring to Power 91
4 Congressional Staff 145
5 Prognosis 185
Selected Bibliography 191
Index 193
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