Women Transforming Congress (Congressional Studies Series) / Edition 1

Women Transforming Congress (Congressional Studies Series) / Edition 1

by Cindy Simon Rosenthal, Richard Fenno
     
 

From the first to one of the most recent—Jeannette Rankin (Montana, 1916) to Hillary Rodham Clinton (New York, 2001)—only two hundred women have ever served in the U.S. Congress. Have these relatively few women changed the predominantly masculine institution in which they serve? Have women as voters, activists, staff, and members made a difference? Edited

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From the first to one of the most recent—Jeannette Rankin (Montana, 1916) to Hillary Rodham Clinton (New York, 2001)—only two hundred women have ever served in the U.S. Congress. Have these relatively few women changed the predominantly masculine institution in which they serve? Have women as voters, activists, staff, and members made a difference? Edited by Cindy Simon Rosenthal, Women Transforming Congress examines the increasing influence of women on Congress and the ways in which gender defines and shapes Congress as a political institution.

Written by women in politics and leading scholars on Congress, the essays in this volume go beyond the limitations of prior research through their diverse analytical approaches and singular historical breadth. The volume follows women on the campaign trail, in committee rooms, in floor debate, and in policy deliberations where previously the focus was on men’s interests and activities. A gallery of photographs showing notable women from their earliest years of involvement with Congress to the present complements the essays.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806134963
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Congressional Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

List of Photographs
List of Tables and Figures
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Introduction3
Ch. 2Knowing Congress as a Gendered Institution: Manliness and the Implications of Women in Congress20
Ch. 3Representing Women: Congresswomen's Perceptions of Their Representational Roles50
Ch. 4Congress and the Transformation of the Women's Movement69
Ch. 5Women's Changing Pathways to the U.S. House of Representatives: Widows, Elites, and Strategic Politicians95
Ch. 6Women as Candidates in Congressional Elections119
Ch. 7Are Women Candidates Transforming Campaign Communication? A Comparison of Advertising Videostyles in the 1990s146
Ch. 8Female Legislators and the Women's Rights Agenda: From Feminine Mystique to Feminist Era170
Ch. 9The Gendering of Cancer Policy: Media Advocacy and Congressional Policy Attention240
Ch. 10Transforming the Agenda: Analyzing Gender Differences in Women's Issue Bill Sponsorship260
Ch. 11Women, Committees, and Institutional Change in the Senate284
Ch. 12Transforming Policy from the Inside: Participation in Committee316
Ch. 13Invisible Power: Congressional Staff and Representation behind the Scenes341
Ch. 14Enlarging Representation: Women Bringing Marginalized Perspectives to Floor Debate in the House of Representatives370
Ch. 15Legislative Careers: The Personal and the Political397
Ch. 16Representing Women in Britain and the United States: The Quest for Numbers and Power422
Ch. 17Transforming the Future through New Leadership445
References455
List of Contributors491
Index495

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