The 1992 American election saw more women running for office, at both local and national level, than ever before. The number of women elected increased by 50% in the House of Representatives and by a staggering 300% in the Senate. This book describes these key races, revealing the underlying tales of voter and institutional reactions to the women candidates and highlights the unprecedented levels of support garnered on their behalf.
1 Why Was 1992 the "Year of the Woman"? ExplainingWomen's Gains in 1992, 2 The California Senate Races: A Case Study in the Gendered Paradoxes of Politics, 3 Patty Murray: The Mom in Tennis Shoes Goes to the Senate,4 Carol Moseley-Braun: The Insider as Insurgent, 5 Lynn Yeakel Versus Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania: Why She Lost, 6 When Women Run Against Women: Double Standards and Vitriol in the New York Primary, 7' Women and the 1992 House Elections, 8 Women in State Legislatures: One Step at a Time,9 Political Parties and the Year of the Woman, 10 Women's PACs in the Year of the Woman, 11 Political Advertising in the Year of the Woman: Did X Mark the Spot? 12 Voter Responses to Women Senate Candidates, 13 Gender and Voting in the 1992 Presidential Election, 14 Increasing the Number of Women in Office: Does It Matter?