The Impact of Women in Public Office by Susan J. Carroll

By Susan J. Carroll

"[A] well-integrated quantity of the easiest identified political scientists engaged on girls and politics.... [It] contains contributions via prime students within the box, and offers a well-written and obtainable evaluation of the influence of girls in workplace atevery level..." -- Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy college of presidency, Harvard University"This [book] could be the standard-bearer no longer just because it includes many of the early examine within the box yet extra importantly, a result of wide-ranging scope and variety of the learn and the to that end nuanced and contextualized arguments presented."-Beth Reingold, Emory UniversityIn fresh years the numbers of ladies serving in public places of work at quite a few degrees of presidency have elevated markedly. Is the expanding presence of girls in public workplace creating a distinction? Are ladies public officers having a particular effect on public coverage and the political procedure? those questions are principal to the stories within the impression of ladies in Public Office.These stories study the impression of girls public officers serving in numerous workplaces and locales at neighborhood, country, and nationwide degrees. They are the fabricated from a wide, coordinated study undertaking backed through the guts for American ladies and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers collage and funded via the Charles H. Revson starting place. the themes of those reports variety from a unmarried, very well-known U.S. Senator, who served in Congress from the early Nineteen Forties to the early Nineteen Seventies, to neighborhood council individuals in a brand new Jersey county within the Eighties. They comprise nation legislators from around the country.The study awarded during this quantity deals compelling proof that girls public officers do have a gender-related impression on public coverage and the political technique. however, context issues; those stories display that the impression of girls public officers varies significantly throughout political environments. eventually, the examine during this quantity means that id with feminism and/or of specific racial or ethnic staff additionally effect how and to what volume girls public officers are making a difference.Contributors comprise Edith J. Barrett, Susan Abrams Beck, Janet okay. Boles, Susan J. Carroll, Debra L. Dodson, Lyn Kathlene, Elaine Martin, Nancy E. McGlen, Meredith Reid Sarkees, Janann Sherman, Sue Thomas, Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, and Susan Welch.

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Perhaps the most important conclusion to be drawn from the comparison with men is that within every category of each of the four personal characteristics (party, ideology, feminist self-identi¤cation, and race), women in both houses of the legislature are more likely than their male colleagues to have worked on women’s rights bills. Conservative women are more likely than conservative men, Republican women are more likely than Republican men, non-feminist women are more likely than non-feminist men, and white women are more likely than white men to have worked on legislation focusing on women’s rights.

The lack of drop-off in state senates suggests that the state house ¤ndings may also, in part, be the result of differences in the types of women who run for and are elected to state houses having larger and smaller proportions of women. 4%) to identify as feminists. 9%). External Political Factors Just as one might expect factors internal to the legislature to affect the extent to which women legislators work on women’s rights bills, so too might one expect pressures and in®uences external to the legislature to play a role.

These two lessons from Gilligan have direct application for the study of political elites. First, we need to frame questions of women’s impact in politics around the broader notion of women’s standpoint in society. There are many theories about the origins and resulting psychological and behavioral outcome of women’s social reality; Gilligan provides one theory that is reasonable to test given the present descriptive characteristics of elected of¤cials. Second, we must use methodologies congruent with the questions being asked.

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