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Women and Congress
Running, Winning, and Ruling

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ISBN 9780789016713
Published May 23, 2002 by Routledge
214 Pages

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Book Description

Explore the effects women have had on Congress!

Containing vital insights into the role women play in Congress, Women and Congress: Running, Winning, and Ruling is a unique look into the political standing of female candidates and congresswomen. Chapters written by noted political scientists consider the challenges of being a congresswoman in the male-dominated political arena, illustrate the fundamental and advanced techniques vital to winning an election, and show how congresswomen have been most effective once in office.

Women and Congress brings you thoughtful discussions of:

  • how campaign finance, speaking on the floor, introducing new legislation, and political action committees have contributed to the success of women politicians
  • the effect of media on election outcomes, including the media’s portrayal of women and the ways female candidates present themselves to the media
  • discrimination against women in media coverage
  • differences in the ways Democratic and Republican women view political issues
  • the political glass ceiling (how incumbency, gender, and strategy play a role in elections)
  • and much more!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Early Fundraising by Nonincumbent Female Congressional Candidates: The Importance of Women’s PACs
  • Electoral Context, Issues, and Voting for Women in the 1990s
  • Candidate Sex and Congressional Elections: Open Seats Before, During, and After the Year of the Woman
  • The Political Glass Ceiling: Gender, Strategy, and Incumbency in U.S. House Elections, 1978–1998
  • The Electoral Glass Ceiling? Gender, Viability, and the News in U.S. Senate Campaigns
  • Do Differences Matter? Women Members of Congress and the Hyde Amendment
  • Speaking Out: An Analysis of Democratic and Republican Women-Invoked Rhetoric of the 105th Congress
  • “How Does She Have Time for Kids and Congress?” Views on Gender and Media Coverage from House Offices
  • Research on Women in Legislatures: What Have We Learned, Where Are We Going?
  • About the Contributors
  • Index
  • References Notes Included

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