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How Women Legislate

Sue Thomas

Publication Date - 10 March 1994

ISBN: 9780195085082

224 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches


The number of women in public office increased dramatically in recent elections, especially in state legislatures where one-fifth of the seats are now held by women. How Women Legislate offers a uniquely comprehensive and timely study of the effects women have had on legislation and the lawmaking process, analyzing the differences between women's and men's backgrounds before entering public office, and differences in their agendas, priorities, working styles, and leadership once they are in office. Arguing that there is a significant difference in legislative outcomes when the number of women in a given legislature reaches a certain threshold, the author provides one of the first analyses of the overall effects of women on the laws that are passed and on the way legislative business is done.

Table of Contents

    1. Expectations and Natures
    2. The Procedural Question: Reform or Adapt?
    3. Legislative Products: The Influence of Women
    4. The Nature of Support
    5. The Context of Institutional Change
    6. The Impact of Women
    7. Predictions for the Future