Congressional Women: Their Recruitment, Integration, and Behavior

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Political Science - 309 pages

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
Elected to the House 19161993
21
Changing Patterns of Recruitment
37
Incremental Integration
55
Women
85
Access to Leadership Positions
99
Changing Legislative Opportunities
131
Changing Legislative Priorities
145
Preliminaries
165
Early Years
183
Survival
215
Changing Gender and Legislative Roles
243
A Women Elected to the House of Representatives 19161995
267
Bibliography
285
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IRWIN N. GERTZOG is the Arthur Braun Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

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