Voting for Women: How the Public Evaluates Women Candidates

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Westview Press, 2004 - Political Science - 184 pages
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This book explains how voters evaluate women candidates, who votes for them, and why.. Women comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the candidate pool for elective office in the United States. Public opinion surveys profess strong support for female candidates, yet many of these same candidates still encounter skepticism (at best) or hostility (at worst) from the public. The role of candidate gender in elections is a complex one. Yet, our understanding of how voters react to these women is often based on election-specific, anecdotal, or hypothetical evidence. Voting for Women is one of the first book-length treatments of both how the public evaluates female candidates and whether and when people will support them at the polls. It also provides a history of women and elections in the U.S. and analysis of contemporary data on how voting environments can influence womens success.
 

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Contents

Evidence of the Impact of Candidate Sex
10
A History of Women Candidates in the U S
30
Changes Among Women Bring Changes for Women Candidates
46
Stereotypes
59
Discussion
82
Influences on Congressional Vote Choice
89
A First Look at Support for Women
95
and 1994106
106
Issues and Voting for Women
119
Notes
128
Gendered Information in the Electoral Environment
137
Conclusion
148
Major Findings
154
Conclusion
160
References
169
Index
179

Why Vote for Women Candidates? The Role of Issues
113

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Kathleen Dolan received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Maryland in 1991. She is associate professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of elections, public opinion, and gender politics.

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