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Author McDonagh, Eileen L.

Title The motherless state : women's political leadership and American democracy / Eileen McDonagh
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 342 pages) : illustrations
Contents Confronting the puzzle -- Defining maternal public policies -- Generating public attitudes -- Electing women political leaders -- The laggard American state -- Maternalizing American government, briefly -- Fixing the state
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-305) and index
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Subject Democracy -- United States.
Leadership in women -- United States.
Political leadership -- United States.
Women -- Political activity -- United States.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226514544 (cloth)
0226514552 (paper)
0226514560 (electronic bk.)
9780226514543 (cloth)
9780226514550 (paper)
9780226514567 (electronic bk.)