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By Jennifer L. Lawless, Richard L. Fox

This significant paintings constitutes a scientific, national empirical account of the consequences of gender on political ambition. in accordance with information from the Citizen Political Ambition learn, a countrywide survey of 3,800 "potential candidates" performed through the authors, it relates those findings: --Women, even on the optimum degrees accomplishment, are considerably much less most probably than males to illustrate ambition to run for non-compulsory place of work. --Women are much less most likely than males to be recruited to run for place of work. --Women are much less most likely than males to contemplate themselves "qualified" to run for place of work. --Women are much less most likely than males to precise a willingness to run for a destiny workplace. in line with the authors, this gender hole in political ambition persists throughout generations, regardless of modern society's altering attitudes in the direction of lady applicants. whereas different remedies of gender within the electoral approach specialise in applicants and place of work holders, It Takes a Candidate makes a different contribution to political reviews through concentrating on the sooner phases of the candidate emergence procedure and on how gender impacts the choice to hunt optional office.


"It Takes a Candidate bargains new facts and perception on important problems with political illustration and democratic politics. Lawless and Fox have completed an enormous research of the foundation reasons of why ladies are underrepresented between American officeholders. by way of investigating political ambition between contributors in feeder occupations, they increase our figuring out with new idea and facts. The ebook, additionally, is written in a completely attractive and available demeanour and should entice someone excited about styles serious to the operation of yankee democracy." Walter J. Stone, college of California, Davis

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House of Representatives. In the aftermath of Watergate, and amidst skyrocketing oil prices and gasoline rations, Arkansas Democrats appeared well positioned to make gains in the 1974 congressional elections. ” So, he began to think about entering the race himself: “I was young, single, and willing to work all hours of the day and night. ” Although he failed in his congressional bid, two years later, Clinton was elected Attorney General of the state of Arkansas. And two years after that, he won the governorship.

0 5 State Legislature Statewide Office Congress 0 521 85745 7 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Women Serving in Elective Positions, 1979--2005 CB963B/Lawless Percent Women P1: IBE 0521857457c02 September 16, 2005 10:52 P1: IBE 0521857457c02 CB963B/Lawless 0 521 85745 7 September 16, 2005 Explaining Women’s Emergence in the Political Arena 10:52 21 from the political sphere to discrimination and overt bias against women candidates. Over the course of the last twenty years, however, cultural attitudes toward women in politics have evolved and an increasing number of women have sought and won election to public office.

Mozambique 17. Seychelles 18. Belarus 19. New Zealand 20. Vietnam 21. Grenada 22. Bulgaria 23. Timor-Leste 24. Turkmenistan 25. 0 57. 6 Note: Entries represent the percentage of women serving in national legislatures. In bicameral systems, the percentage is for the lower house. Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union (2004). United States’ global ranking on women in politics, it is evident that our political institutions have a long way to go before reaching gender parity. Existing Explanations for Women’s Underrepresentation Scholars have devoted the last few decades to gaining a better understanding of why so few women occupy positions of political power in the United States.

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