Women and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - 277 páginas

An illuminating analysis of the long and ongoing struggle of women in America to gain political equality and bring about change in public policy.


Women and Political Participation examines the involvement of women in American politics, concentrating mainly on their participation since the birth of the second women's movement in the late 1960s. From the creation of grassroots and national organizations to voting and running for office, this thought-provoking volume explores the diverse ways in which women have affected change and achieved greater representation in political leadership.

Detailed discussions of key documents like the Declaration of Sentiments and the Equal Rights Amendment; political action committees such as EMILY's List, which supports pro-choice Democratic female candidates; Margaret Sanger, Betty Friedan, and other activists; and groups like the League of Women Voters reveal the complexities of women's efforts to gain equality and identify the barriers that remain today.


  • Chronology including the first women's rights meetings in 1848 and major events in the suffrage campaign history
  • Original documents such as the Declaration of Sentiments and the National Organization for Women's Bill of Rights
  • Over ten graphs depicting the percentage of women in state and national office over time, gender voting gaps, and comparisons with other countries

 

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Overview
1
The First Wave of Feminism
4
The Second Wave of Feminism
9
Contemporary Feminism
11
The Impact of Feminism on Public Opinion
13
Womens Current Status
15
Controversial Current Issues
20
References
26
The Gender Gap
96
Political Involvement beyond Voting
98
Women and Political Parties
102
Feminist Issues at the Polls
106
The Effect of Gender on Elections
112
Soccer Moms
117
W Stands for Women
118
NASCAR Dads
122

Protest Politics
29
SecondWave Protests
32
The Clarence Thomas Hearings
34
Marches for Womens Lives
36
Peace Activism
41
Women Strike for Peace
42
The Million Mom March
44
CODEPINK
46
References
47
Womens Movements and Organizations
49
Suffrage and the National Womans Party
50
The League of Women Voters
52
The Womens Bureau
53
Equal Rights under the Law
54
The Equal Pay Movement
59
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964
60
The National Organization for Women 1966
62
Hispanic Womens Movements
65
The National Womens Political Caucus
67
WomenofColor Organizations
68
The National Black Feminist Organization
69
The Combahee River Collective
70
The National Womens Conference 1977
71
The Campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment 1970s to 1980s
73
Concerned Women for America
78
The Fund for a Feminist Majority
79
The Independent Womens Forum
80
The Rise of Feminist Interest Groups
82
NARAL ProChoice America and Feminists for Life
84
References
85
Participation in Electoral Politics
89
The Impact of Suffrage
91
Womens Voices Women Vote
123
References
124
Women in Public Office
129
Women in Congress
130
The Sanchez Sisters
133
Women State Officials
135
Women Governors
136
The United States in Comparative Perspective
137
The Political Parties and Women Elected Officials
140
Campaigning for Public Office
143
A Woman for President?
145
Geraldine Ferraro Vice Presidential Nominee
146
EMILYs List and the WISH List
147
Women in Legislative Leadership Positions
150
Nancy Pelosi House Minority Leader
152
Womens Leadership in State Legislatures
153
Do Women in Public Office Make a Difference?
154
The Congressional Caucus for Womens Issues
155
Presidential Appointments and Presidential Staff
158
Women in the Judiciary
161
Conclusion
162
Women Elected and Appointed to Political Office
164
References
178
Documents
181
Key People Laws and Terms
195
Resources
207
Chronology
233
Annotated Bibliography
247
Index
259
About the Author
277
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Barbara C. Burrell, Ph.D., is associate professor in the Political Science Department and associate director of the Public Opinion Laboratory at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

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