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The Impact of Women in Congress

Debra L. Dodson


This book explores the complex relationship between women’s presence and impact in two strikingly different, consecutive congresses. Drawing on hundreds of elite interviews and archival information, the case studies of three highly visible policy areas (reproductive rights, women’s health, and health care policy) move beyond the question of ‘Do women make a difference?’ to confront the oft-ignored, contested issues surrounding gender difference and impact: its probabilistic nature, contested legitimacy, and disputed meaning. The analysis enhances understanding of how gendered forces at the ind ... More

Keywords: Congress, descriptive representation, substantive representation, women’s impact, gender difference, political environment, reproductive rights policy, health care policy, women’s health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0198296746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra L. Dodson, author
Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University