Women, Elections, and Representation (Second Edition, Revised)

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The first women representatives in the United States were elected in 1894 when Colorado votes sent three women to the state legislature. Now, a century later, women almost everywhere are the majority of voters but a distinct minority of elected officials. This discrepancy is a puzzle for those who thought democratic institutions would incorporate newly enfranchised women, and a problem for those working to expand democratic representation.

Darcy, Welch, and Clark examine women ...

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The first women representatives in the United States were elected in 1894 when Colorado votes sent three women to the state legislature. Now, a century later, women almost everywhere are the majority of voters but a distinct minority of elected officials. This discrepancy is a puzzle for those who thought democratic institutions would incorporate newly enfranchised women, and a problem for those working to expand democratic representation.

Darcy, Welch, and Clark examine women candidates and candidacies in the United States and several other democratic nations. Their careful analysis reveals that male voters and political elites are not the barriers to women's election that common wisdom suggests. Instead, they find that a party's ability to determine candidate selection, along with election procedures that benefit incumbents, produces slow turnover of elected officials and few opportunities for new women candidates. In addition, the authors analyze nomination procedures and election systems to document both the conditions that lead political parties to nominate more women and the mechanisms that yield more victories by women candidates.

Women, Elections, and Representation is an extensively revised and expanded edition of a successful text that provides a thorough and up-to-date account of research on women and politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803265974
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Series: Women and Politics Series , #1
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author


R. Darcy is Regents Professor of Politics and Statistics at Oklahoma State University. Susan Welch is a professor of political science and dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Pennsylvania State University. Janet Clark is a professor of political science at the University of Wyoming.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Women in Public Office: Intellectual and Historical Background 1
Ch. 1 Women and Political Representation 4
Women and the Franchise from the 1500s to the 1700s 4
Colonial Women as Political Decision Makers 6
The American Revolution and the Loss of Political Rights for Women 8
The Return of Women to Political Life 9
Women and the Style of Local Government 10
The Suffrage Movement and Women in Public Office 12
The Need for Women's Political Representation 15
Political Theory and Representation of Women 18
Conclusions: The Problem and the Puzzle 24
2 Women Candidates: Local, State, and National 27
Ch. 2 Electing Women to Local Government 30
The Increase in Women City Officeholders 31
Minority Women and Local Officeholding 33
Reasons for Limited Female Representation in Local Office 35
The Future of Women in Local Government 49
Ch. 3 Women as State Legislative Candidates 51
Patterns of Women's Representation among the States 52
State Environments and Women's Legislative Representation 55
Women as Legislative Candidates 63
Conclusions 73
Ch. 4 Women as Congressional Candidates 74
The Comparative Context 74
Voters and Congressional Candidates 77
The Congressional Campaigns of Women and Men 83
Conclusions 100
3 Structural Barriers to the Representation of Women 101
Ch. 5 The Eligibility Pool 104
Prior Research 106
Testing the Relationship between Women's Occupations and Election to Office 113
The Eligible Pool in Europe 116
Implications 118
Ch. 6 Women Candidates and Legislative Turnover 119
Eligible Pools 120
State Legislatures 122
U.S. House of Representatives 127
Legislative Turnover in Comparative Perspective 132
Conclusions 134
Appendix: BASIC Computer Program to Project Female Legislative and Congressional Representation 135
Ch. 7 Women Candidates and the Electoral System 138
The Bias in Electoral Systems 138
Electing Women in Single-Member District and Proportional-Representation Systems 140
Single-Member District Systems 142
Proportional Representation 146
Single-Member and Multimember District Systems in the United States and the United Kingdom 157
Conclusions 169
4 Conclusions: The Tasks Ahead 173
Ch. 8 Opening Up Political Life to Women 174
Can Women Win When They Run? 175
Why Don't More Women Run? 178
Impact of the Electoral System on Women 180
Do Women in Office Make a Difference? 181
Strategies for Change 184
Notes 197
References 239
Author Index 263
Subject Index 271
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