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The Motherless State : Women''s Political Leadership and American Democracy

By: McDonagh, Eileen.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (355 p.).ISBN: 9780226514567.Subject(s): Democracy - United States | Leadership in women - United States | Political leadership - United States | Women - Political activity - United States | Women in politics - United States | Women in politicsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Motherless State : Women''s Political Leadership and American DemocracyDDC classification: 320.0820973 | 320.973082 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Confronting the Puzzle; 2 Defining Maternal Public Policies; 3 Generating Public Attitudes; 4 Electing Women Political Leaders; 5 The Laggard American State; 6 Maternalizing American Government, Briefly; 7 Fixing the State; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Notes; Index
Summary: 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, The Motherless State reveals 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 gender parity also requires public policies that represent maternal traits. Most other democracies, she demonstrates, view women as more suited to govern because their governments have taken on maternal roles through social welfare provisions, gender quotas, or the continuance of symbolic hereditary monarchies. The United States has not adopted such policies, and until it does, McDonagh insightfully warns, American women run for office with a troubling disadvantage.
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Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Confronting the Puzzle; 2 Defining Maternal Public Policies; 3 Generating Public Attitudes; 4 Electing Women Political Leaders; 5 The Laggard American State; 6 Maternalizing American Government, Briefly; 7 Fixing the State; Appendix 1; Appendix 2; Appendix 3; Notes; Index

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, The Motherless State reveals 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 gender parity also requires public policies that represent maternal traits. Most other democracies, she demonstrates, view women as more suited to govern because their governments have taken on maternal roles through social welfare provisions, gender quotas, or the continuance of symbolic hereditary monarchies. The United States has not adopted such policies, and until it does, McDonagh insightfully warns, American women run for office with a troubling disadvantage.

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