Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence / Edition 2

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Updated in a new 2nd edition, Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influence analyzes the most recent research in the field while maintaining a focus on the historic events and key players in the women’s movement. Profiling a diverse group of political women and their experiences in the world of politics, this book recounts the paths women have taken to gain power, analyzes the elite status female politicians have achieved thus far, and questions the continued underrepresentation of women in politics today.

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“My students have found Women and Politics to be an accessible text covering many facets of gender politics often overlooked by other scholars. I look forward to using the second edition, which incorporates the most recent scholarship along with timely coverage of important women in politics such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, and Sonia Sotomayor.”

–Professor Marian Lief Pally

University of Delaware

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205827152
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Introduction and Theoretical Framework 1

References 9

Part I Women's Paths to Power

Chapter 2 Women in Social Movements, Interest Groups, and the Political Parties 10

The Fight for Suffrage 11

Feminism, the Second Wave (1960s-Present) 17

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) 25

Women and Interest Groups 30

Women's Groups and Electoral Politics 37

Women and Political Parties 39

Conclusion 50

References 51

Chapter 3 The Gender Gap in Elections and Public Opinion 55

Courting the Women's Vote: The Early Years 57

The Emergence of the Modern Gender Gap 59

Issues that Explain the Gender Gap 62

Does the Gender Gap Bring Women Political Power? 68

Do Women Vote for Women? 73

Conclusion 80

References 80

Chapter 4 The Impact of the Media on Political Women 86

The News Media in the United States 87

When Women Unite: Media-Coverage of the Women's Movements and Feminism 89

The Battles for Suffrage and ERA 90

Backlash to Feminism 97

Media Coverage of Female Politicians and First Ladies 101

Women in Media Today: A Fair Balance? 110

Conclusion 122

References 123

Chapter 5 Women as Candidates for Elective Office 128

Introduction: Worth Carolina's 2008 Senate Race 128

Running for Office in the United States: Who Decides to Run? 129

Why Women Are Less Likely to Run: 4 Theories 130

Challenges on the Campaign Trail and Strategies for Success 141

Conclusion 170

References 171

Part II Women in Power

Chapter 6 Women and Local Politics and Government 181

Women in Local Elective Office 183

Women in the Bureaucracy 204

Women in Nongovernmental Organizations and the Business Sector 212

Conclusion 218

References 219

Chapter 7 Women in Congress and the State Legislatures 227

Women's Representation in Democratic Legislative Bodies across the World 229

Women in Congress and State Legislatures: A Historical Perspective 231

The Advancement of Women in Congress 234

Women in Congress and State Legislatures: A Distinctive Impact on Policy? 238

Conclusion 255

References 256

Chapter 8 Women in the Executive Branch 263

Women as Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates 264

Governors and Lieutenant Governors 275

Women as Presidential and Gubernatorial Appointees 278

Statewide Elected Executives 283

Career Executives Positions in the Federal and State Governments 286

Do Women Make a Difference? Their Policy and Political Impact 288

Policy Attitudes and Political Impact 289

Constraints on Women's Power 291

Power and Leadership Style 294

Conclusion 296

References 297

Chapter 9 Women in the Judiciary 304

Why the Courts Are Important 305

History of Women in the Legal Profession and Judiciary 308

The Difference Women Judges Make 327

Gender Bias in the Courts 333

Women as Judicial Law Clerks 336

Conclusion 340

References 341

Appendix A 346

Appendix B 349

Appendix C 352

Appendix D 355

Appendix E 360

Photo Credits 363

Index 364

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