"Focusing on explaining how contextual-institutional factors matter differently for the office-holding of white women and women of color in state legislators, Becki Scola’s book breaks new ground for research on women and politics using the intersectionality approach. Her finding of a positive relationship between percent minority and the gender gap among legislators of color in a state will attract the attention of scholars on race, ethnicity, and politics, too."
Pei-te Lien, University of California Santa Barbara
"In providing a racial analysis of the gender gap in state legislatures, Scola tackles a key question in the emerging field of intersectionality research: Although women of color are still very underprepresented in proportion to their share of the population, why do they serve as state legislators at higher rates than their white female counterparts when considered as a proportion of their respective ethnoracial groups? This book not only provides a state-by-state portrait of the geographical variation in women of color state legislative office holding, but it also delineates the state environments that are more favorable for women generally, white women and women of color in particular. This book is an important resource for scholars and students of political science and ethnic/racial studies, especially those interested in understanding the racial and ethnic dynamics of women’s representation in state legislatures."
Carol Hardy-Fanta, University of Massachusetts Boston