An illuminating analysis of the long and ongoing struggle of women in America to gain political equality and bring about change in public policy.
Susan B. Anthony. Eleanor Roosevelt. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Since the first women's rights meetings took place in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848, women in America have struggled to achieve positions of leadership in state and national governments. In what ways are they seeking greater representation in political leadership today, and what impact are they having on 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.
Features • 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
Highlights • Presents information on the political participation of women of color • Analyzes public opinion data on women's and men's approaches to politics • Shows the percentage of women in the U.S. House of Representatives relative to governing bodies in other democratic countries
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. Her published works include A Woman's Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in the Feminist Era and Public Opinion, the First Ladyship and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Reviews "Recommended. Academic libraries with extensive political collections; a useful introductory reference for high school to college students or medium to large public libraries."—Choice
"This book is a good handbook for those looking for information on the women's political movement, elected and appointed officials, and party politics."—American Reference Books Annual