Congressional Women: Their Recruitment, Integration, and Behavior

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Political Science - 309 pages
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This is a revision and update of Gertzog's successful 1984 study of women in the United States Congress. Now, 10 years later, the congressional roster is far different: Women have made major in-roads in numbers and prominence in the House of Representatives. Based upon interviews with 45 members of the 103rd Congress, this study examines the rise in the number of women elected, the circumstances leading to their success, and their integration into the workings of the institution, in both legislative and political terms.

 

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Contents

Exploring a Small Universe
3
The Matrimonial Connection
17
Changing Patterns of Recruitment
37
Women in the House Incremental Integration
55
Access to Informal Channels of Communication Women and House Caucuses
85
Access to Leadership Positions
99
Changing Legislative Opportunities
131
Issues Affecting Women Changing Legislative Priorities
145
The Congresswomens Caucus Preliminaries
165
The Congresswomens Caucus Early Years
183
The Congressional Caucus for Womens Issues Survival and Growth
215
Changing Gender and Legislative Roles
243
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IRWIN N. GERTZOG is the Arthur Braun Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

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