A supplemental text for courses on Interest Groups, American Political Parties, Campaigns and Elections, and Women and Politics, and other Women's Studies courses. Filling the gap in knowledge about women's political action committees (PACs), this useful text examines the attitudes, priorities, and motivations of individuals who contribute significant amounts of money to the political scene. The three PACs examined are EMILY's List (supporting Democratic pro-choice women candidates); the WISH List (supporting Republican pro-choice women candidates); and the Susan B. Anthony List (supporting pro-life women candidates and pro-life men opposing pro-choice women candidates). Based on survey data as well as face-to-face interviews, this book shows how PACs have narrowed the gender gap in U.S. electoral politics.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: The Rise of Women's PACs Chapter 3: Attributes and Activities of the Major Contributors Chapter 4: Political Attitudes: Conflict and Unity among Contributors Chapter 5: Women and Men Contributors: A Gender Gap? Chapter 6: Women Contributors and Women Voters: The Same Voice? Chapter 7: Conclusion Appendix I: Data Collection Appendix II: Women's PAC Contributor Survey Appendix III: Wording of National Election Study (NES) Questions