Women and Politics Paths to Power and Political Influence

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Updated in a new 2 nd edition,Women and Politics: Paths to Power and Political Influenceanalyzes the most recent research in the field while maintaining a focus on the historic events and key players in the womenrs"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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction and Theoretical Frameworkp. 1
Referencesp. 9
Women's Paths to Power
Women in Social Movements, Interest Groups, and the Political Partiesp. 10
The Fight for Suffragep. 11
Feminism, the Second Wave (1960s-Present)p. 17
The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)p. 25
Women and Interest Groupsp. 30
Women's Groups and Electoral Politicsp. 37
Women and Political Partiesp. 39
Conclusionp. 50
Referencesp. 51
The Gender Gap in Elections and Public Opinionp. 55
Courting the Women's Vote: The Early Yearsp. 57
The Emergence of the Modern Gender Gapp. 59
Issues that Explain the Gender Gapp. 62
Does the Gender Gap Bring Women Political Power?p. 68
Do Women Vote for Women?p. 73
Conclusionp. 80
Referencesp. 80
The Impact of the Media on Political Womenp. 86
The News Media in the United Statesp. 87
When Women Unite: Media-Coverage of the Women's Movements and Feminismp. 89
The Battles for Suffrage and ERAp. 90
Backlash to Feminismp. 97
Media Coverage of Female Politicians and First Ladiesp. 101
Women in Media Today: A Fair Balance?p. 110
Conclusionp. 122
Referencesp. 123
Women as Candidates for Elective Officep. 128
Introduction: Worth Carolina's 2008 Senate Racep. 128
Running for Office in the United States: Who Decides to Run?p. 129
Why Women Are Less Likely to Run: 4 Theoriesp. 130
Challenges on the Campaign Trail and Strategies for Successp. 141
Conclusionp. 170
Referencesp. 171
Women in Power
Women and Local Politics and Governmentp. 181
Women in Local Elective Officep. 183
Women in the Bureaucracyp. 204
Women in Nongovernmental Organizations and the Business Sectorp. 212
Conclusionp. 218
Referencesp. 219
Women in Congress and the State Legislaturesp. 227
Women's Representation in Democratic Legislative Bodies across the Worldp. 229
Women in Congress and State Legislatures: A Historical Perspectivep. 231
The Advancement of Women in Congressp. 234
Women in Congress and State Legislatures: A Distinctive Impact on Policy?p. 238
Conclusionp. 255
Referencesp. 256
Women in the Executive Branchp. 263
Women as Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidatesp. 264
Governors and Lieutenant Governorsp. 275
Women as Presidential and Gubernatorial Appointeesp. 278
Statewide Elected Executivesp. 283
Career Executives Positions in the Federal and State Governmentsp. 286
Do Women Make a Difference? Their Policy and Political Impactp. 288
Policy Attitudes and Political Impactp. 289
Constraints on Women's Powerp. 291
Power and Leadership Stylep. 294
Conclusionp. 296
Referencesp. 297
Women in the Judiciaryp. 304
Why the Courts Are Importantp. 305
History of Women in the Legal Profession and Judiciaryp. 308
The Difference Women Judges Makep. 327
Gender Bias in the Courtsp. 333
Women as Judicial Law Clerksp. 336
Conclusionp. 340
Referencesp. 341
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Photo Creditsp. 363
Indexp. 364
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