Motherless State Women's Political Leadership and American Democracy
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American women attain more professional success than most of their counterparts around the world, but they lag surprisingly far behind in the national political arena. Women held only 15 percent of U.S. congressional seats in 2006, a proportion that ranks America behind eighty-two other countries in terms of females elected to legislative office. A compelling exploration of this deficiency,TheMotherless Statereveals why the United States differs from comparable democracies that routinely elect far more women to their national governing bodies and chief executive positions. Explaining that equal rights alone do not ensure equal access to political office, Eileen McDonagh shows that electoral…
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/2/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall