Women and Elective Office: Past, Present, and Future / Edition 2

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This edition of Women and Elective Office offers the latest research on women as candidates and officeholders. It provides a comprehensive look at at the history and status of women in elective office, their prospects for the future, and why women in elected office matter to American democracy. It features all-new essays and up-to-the-minute research by leading experts in the field, including the latest political trends and events such as Hillary Rodham Clinton's run for the presidency, women's representation on the state and local level, the diversity of women officeholders' experiences and circumstances, and female judges. Women and Elective Office is an essential guide to understanding the past, present, and future of women in all echelons of government.

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"[A]n essential component of any class which focuses on American women and politics...[It] provides an excellent overview of the current state of research in the political science subfield of women as candidates and officeholders." —American Political Science Review

"Women and Elective Office provides an accessible overview of cutting-edge research on women candidates and officeholders through informative essays written by leading scholars in the field of women and politics. This volume is an indispensable resource for scholars, students, and activists wishing to stay up-to-date with scholarship and developments related to women in elective office at all levels of government in the United States." —Susan J. Carroll, Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University

"Top-notch research made accessible. Impressive in its breadth and depth, a must-have for scholars, students, and anyone interested in campaigns. Everything you need to know about women and elections." —Barbara Palmer, Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Women and Politics of Ohio

"Women and Elective Office balances breadth and depth in its subject matter, sophistication and accessibility in its analysis. It is an outstanding edited collection, sure to stimulate debate in the classroom and on the printed page." —MaryAnne Borrelli, Professor of Government, Connecticut College

"Thomas and Wilcox do it even better in this new, up to date analysis of key issues in the study of women and politics. Bringing us the latest work by top scholars, these chapters are feasts of information and analysis. Beginning with issues of political ambition, women's contributions at all levels of involvement whether as candidates, elected or appointed officials, and chapters tackling several issues surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's past and future role in politics, this book is a must on any women and politics reading list for students, scholars, and activists." —Karen O'Connor, Jonathan N. Helfat Distinguished Professor of Political Science Department of Government, American University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195180831
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/12/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Thomas is Senior Research Scientist and Director of PIRE-Santa Cruz.

Clyde Wilcox is a professor in the Government Department at Georgetown.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Campaign financing : women's experience in the modern era 26
2 How the public views women candidates 41
3 Women candidates for Congress 60
4 Different portraits, different leaders? : gender differences in U.S. senators' presentation of self 81
5 Do women and men state legislators differ? 94
6 Women in Congress : do they act as advocates for women's issues? 110
7 Making a difference : behind the scenes 129
8 Indelible effects : the impact of women of color in the U.S. Congress 152
9 Change in continuity in the geography of women state legislators 176
10 Women leading legislatures : getting there and getting things done 197
11 In a different voice : women and the policy process 213
12 Institutional gendering : theoretical insights into the environment of women officeholders 230
13 Women as political leaders worldwide : cultural barriers and opportunities 244
14 Prospects for cracking the political glass ceiling : the future of women officeholders in the twenty-first century 264
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