Civic and Political Activism

A National Call to Action: Teaching Young People About Women's Public Leadership and Promoting Public Leadership for Girls

by Jean Sinzdak and Kathy Kleeman
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey 
2015, 40 pages

This report is an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of The White House Conference on Girls’ Leadership and Civic Education, convened by the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Center for American Women and Politics. The conference explored the roots of the signifi cant gender gap in public leadership and sought concrete, immediate ways to change how we educate, entertain and engage young people in order to expand the image of who can and does lead.

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The Paradox of Gender Equality: How American Women's Groups Gained and Lost Their Public Voice

by Kristin A. Goss, assistant professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University
University of Michigan Press, 2012, 256 pages

This book is part of the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics published by the University of Michigan Press in association with CAWP. Goss charts the scope and trajectory of American women's policy agendas and collective engagement in public policy-making from the 19th-century suffrage movement through the present day.
 

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When Protest Makes Policy: How Social Movements Represent Disadvantaged Groups

by S. Laurel Weldon, professor of Political Science, Purdue University
University of Michigan Press, 2011, 244 pages

This book is part of the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics published by the University of Michigan Press in association with CAWP. Political theorist S. Laurel Weldon demonstrates that social movements provide a hitherto unrecognized form of democratic representation, and thus offer a significant potential for deepening democracy and overcoming social conflict. 

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Gender and Civic Engagement: Secondary Analysis of Survey Data

by Krista Jenkins 
Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, 2005, 14 pages

This CAWP-funded study explores whether gender is salient in civic engagement. For the most part, author Jenkins determines that “[y]oung women and men appear to be receiving the same cues about politics, elected officials, and the political process.” While young men and women appear to behave in a similar fashion, “young women are distinguishing themselves from young men on some key precursors to engagement, particularly attentiveness and knowledge." 

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Gender-Related Political Knowledge and the Descriptive Representation of Women

by Kira Sanbonmatsu
Political Behavior, 2003 (December)

This study finds that political knowledge of one kind--knowledge about the actual level of women's representation--is related to support for having more women in office. Individuals who underestimate the percentage of women in office are more likely than individuals who know the correct percentage to support increasing women's representation. Meanwhile, individuals who overestimate the percentage of women in office are less likely to support increasing women's representation. Ironically, women are more likely than men to overestimate the presence of women in office. 

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Are US Women Legislators Accountable to Women? The Complementary Roles of Feminist Identity and Women’s Organizations

by Susan J. Carroll
2003, 14 pages

This report was prepared by Susan J. Carroll, senior CAWP scholar, for a conference held at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, in May, 2003. While we have considerable evidence that women legislators give greater priority to women’s issues than their male colleagues, we know less about why they do so. What is the process underlying the substantive representation of women by women legislators? Why does the representation of women by women legislators happen? This paper examines these questions with particular attention to the role of women’s organizations and networks.

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Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions

Edited by Susan J. Carroll 
Oxford University Press, 2003, 262 pages

This volume presents a research agenda, developed by leading scholars of American politics, suggesting directions that could fruitfully shape the study of women and American politics in the early twenty-first century. Contributors suggest approaches, methods, and topics for future research on political recruitment, campaign strategy, money, political leadership, parties and women's organizations, the gender gap in voting and public opinion, media, women of color, and participation outside of conventional electoral politics.

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Women of Color in Politics

Women and American Politics: A Research Agenda for the 21st Century

Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1996, 29 pages 

In April 1994, CAWP convened a group of 79 scholars, researchers, political practitioners, and activists to help identify existing gaps in our knowledge, discuss the reasons for the gaps, and imagine the kinds of research projects needed to address unanswered questions in our understanding of women's political behavior.

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Women State Legislators, Women's Organizations, and the Representation of Women's Culture in the United States

by Susan J. Carroll
Book chapter in Women Transforming Politics: Worldwide Strategies for Empowerment, edited by Jill M. Bystydzienski (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991)

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Gender Politics and the Socializing Impact of the Women's Movement

by Susan J. Carroll
Book chapter in Political Learning in Adulthood: A Sourcebook of Theory and Research, edited by Roberta S. Sigel (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)

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