A Woman's Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in by Barbara Burrell

By Barbara Burrell

In this primary finished exam of girls applicants for the U.S. residence of Representatives, Barbara Burrell argues that girls are as winning at profitable elections as males. Why, then, are there nonetheless so few girls contributors of Congress? in comparison to different democratically elected nationwide parliaments, the U.S. Congress ranks very low in its percentage of ladies individuals. in past times decade, even if increasingly more ladies have participated in country and native governments, they've got now not made a similar profits on the nationwide level.
A Woman's position Is within the House examines the reviews of the ladies who've run for a seat within the U.S. condo of Representatives from 1968 via 1992 and compares their presence and function with that of male applicants. The longitudinal examine examines either normal and first elections and refutes many myths linked to girls applicants together with their skill to elevate funds and garner aid from either curiosity teams and political parties.
According to Burrell, election 12 months 1992 was once appropriately dubbed the "Year of the girl" in American politics--not a lot simply because ladies overcame perceived obstacles to being elected yet simply because for the 1st time an important variety of girls selected to run in primaries. Burrell's research examines the consequences ladies are having at the congressional time table and provides perception on how such concerns as time period boundaries and crusade finance reform will influence at the election of girls to Congress.
Barbara Burrell (Ph.D. college of Michigan) is professor and director of graduate reviews within the Political technology division at Northern Illinois collage the place she teaches classes in public opinion, political habit and ladies and politics.

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Feminists were celebratory. But the year also seemed to end in puzzlement about the progress women had made. The idea of the Year of the Woman was both cheered and jeered. 6 Women realized that their year had provided a unique opportunity for women candidates that likely would not be matched in the future. They also realized that the progress women had made in gaining a greater share of 6. Some feminists find the idea offensive. American Views of Women as Political Leaders 33 political power was as much evolutionary as revolutionary, a result of the earlier advances and experiences women had gained in politics.

Jules Witcover first used the phrase in the national media in 1974 to describe women's political opportunities. s In a column titled "Women Candidates Capitalizing on Clean Political Image," Witcover wrote: 5. Reference to this phrase can be traced even earlier. In 1972, Life magazine ran an article on women politicians in that year's election which began "It may not quite be the Year of the Woman" (June 9). 28 A Woman's Place Is in the House While President Nixon laments the Year of Watergate, the great public disenchantment with elected officials that has mushroomed from it may be producing the Year of Women in American politics.

Also lost to Nydia Velazquez in a new district drawn to maximize the votes of minorities. Secondly, women's candidacies in opposition party primaries to oppose an incumbent in the general election ought to have increased over this era, although we suspect that such an increase would have been conditioned, as for men, by the perceived difficulties of dislodging incumbents. A decline in the number of male candidates contesting such primaries may also have occurred during this period because the probability of victory against incumbents diminished.

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