How Women Legislate

Paperback | April 1, 1992

bySue Thomas

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The number of women in public office increased dramatically in recent elections, especially in state legislatures where one-fifth of the seats are now held by women. How Women Legislate offers a uniquely comprehensive and timely study of the effects women have had on legislation and thelawmaking process, analyzing the differences between women's and men's backgrounds before entering public office, and differences in their agendas, priorities, working styles, and leadership once they are in office. Arguing that there is a significant difference in legislative outcomes when thenumber of women in a given legislature reaches a certain threshold, the author provides one of the first analyses of the overall effects of women on the laws that are passed and on the way legislative business is done.

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The number of women in public office increased dramatically in recent elections, especially in state legislatures where one-fifth of the seats are now held by women. How Women Legislate offers a uniquely comprehensive and timely study of the effects women have had on legislation and thelawmaking process, analyzing the differences betw...

Sue Thomas is at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.19 × 6.5 × 0.59 inPublished:April 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195085086

ISBN - 13:9780195085082

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Expectations and Natures2. The Procedural Question: Reform or Adapt?3. Legislative Products: The Influence of Women4. The Nature of Support5. The Context of Institutional Change6. The Impact of Women7. Predictions for the Future

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"The book we've all been waiting for--a pathbreaking work that will usher in a new era of research on women and politics. Thomas reveals the importance of the 'critical mass' that women are just now reaching in state legislatures. Women do make a difference, and Thomas's outstanding workproves it."--Karen O'Connor, Emory University