Women and Congress: Running, Winning, and Ruling

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Routledge, 2001 - Political Science - 200 pages
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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!
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Importance of Womens PACs
7
Electoral Context Issues and Voting for Women in the 1990s
21
Open Seats Before During and After the Year of the Woman
37
Gender Strategy and Incumbency in US House Elections 19781998
59
The Electoral Glass Ceiling? Gender Viability and the News in US Senate Campaigns
79
Do Differences Matter? Women Members of Congress and the Hyde Amendment
105
An Analysis of Democratic and Republican WomanInvoked Rhetoric of the 105th Congress
129
How Does She Have Time for Kids and Congress? Views on Gender and Media Coverage from House Offices
147
What Have We Learned Where Are We Going?
167
About the Contributors
187
Index
191
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KAREN O'CONNOR has written more than 50 books, including Squeeze the Moment, Help, Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment! and Help, Lord! I'm Having a Senior Moment--Again! She is a popular speaker, instructor and consultant who has appeared on many national and international television and radio programs, including The 700 Club and the Sally Jessy Raphael Show. She is the recipient of The San Diego Writers Guild 1997 Author of the Year Award, and the 2002 Mount Hermon Special Recognition Award. She and her husband, Charles, have five children and make their home in Watsonville, California.

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