Studies of gender and American political life most often focus only on women. This book fills the gap by examining and comparing the roles and behavior of both men and women in political decision-making, public policy, and political institutions. Now updated and expanded, the book presents a full complement of empirical studies of real and imagined gender gaps. New to this edition are chapters on the media, legislative behavior, foreign policy, and the future of the gender dimension in American politics. The book is structured to parallel the typical course on the American political system.
List of Tables and Figures; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: Gender, Sex, and American Political Life, Jyl J. Josephson and Sue Tolleson-Rinehart; Part I. Political Behavior; 2. Gender and Political Knowledge, Michael X. Delli Carpini and Scott Keeter; 3. Gender and Political Participation, M. Margaret Conway; 4. A Tougher Road for Women? Assessing the Role of Gender in Congressional Elections, Pamela Fiber and Richard L. Fox; 5. Are Moral Voices Gendered? (Private) Care, Rights, and Autonomy in Reproductive Decision Making, Eric Plutzer; Part II. Public Policy; 6. Gender and U.S. Foreign Policy: Hegemonic Masculinity, the War in Iraq, and the UN-Doing of World Order, Janie Leatherman; 7. Gendering Policy Debates: Welfare Reform, Abortion Regulation, and Trafficking, Dorothy E. McBride; 8. Gender, Social Construction, and Policies for Low-Income Men and Women, Jyl J. Josephson; 9. "Women Get Sicker; Men Die Quicker": Gender, Health Politics and Health Policy, Sue Tolleson-Rinehart; Part III. Institutions; 10. Cabinet Nominations in the William J. Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations: Gender, Change, and Representation, MaryAnne Borrelli; 11. Gender and the Federal Judiciary, Susan Gluck Mezey; 12. Cracking the Glass Ceiling: The Status, Significance, and Prospects of Women in Legislative Office, Sue Thomas; 13. Gender Bias? Media Coverage of Women and Men in Congres: David Niven; 14. Conclusion: Gender and the Future of American Political Life, Sue Tolleson-Rinehart and Jyl J. Josephson; About the Editors and Contributors; Index