Paradox of Gender Equality How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice

ISBN-10: 0472035614
ISBN-13: 9780472035618
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Authors: Kristin A. Goss
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Description: Drawing on original research, Kristin A. Goss examines how women's civic place has changed over the span of more than 120 years, how public policy has driven these changes, and why these changes matter for women and American democracy. Suffrage,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/29/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Drawing on original research, Kristin A. Goss examines how women's civic place has changed over the span of more than 120 years, how public policy has driven these changes, and why these changes matter for women and American democracy. Suffrage, which granted women the right to vote and invited their democratic participation, provided a dual platform for the expansion of women's policy agendas. As measured by women's groups' appearances before the U.S. Congress, women's collective political engagement continued to grow between 1920 and 1960—when many conventional accounts claim it declined—and declined after 1980, when it might have been expected to grow. This waxing and waning was accompanied by major shifts in issue agendas, from broad public interests to narrow feminist interests.Goss suggests that ascriptive differences are not necessarily barriers to disadvantaged groups' capacity to be heard; that enhanced political inclusion does not necessarily lead to greater collective engagement; and that rights movements do not necessarily constitute the best way to understand the political participation of marginalized groups. She asks what women have gained—and perhaps lost—through expanded incorporation as well as whether single-sex organizations continue to matter in 21st-century America.  

Acknowledgments
Women's Citizenship and American Democracy
Suffrage and the Rise of Women's Policy Advocacy
The Second Wave Surges-And Then?
From Public Interest to "Special Interests"
Sameness, Difference, and Women's Civic Place
What Drove the Changes? The Not-So-Easy Answers
How Public Policy Shaped Women's Civic Place
Women, Citizenship, and Public Policy in the 21st Century
Congressional Hearings Data and Other Sources
How the Foreign and Health Policy Testimony Was Selected
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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