Why so few (Republican) women? Explaining the partisan imbalance of women in the U.S. Congress

Danielle M. Thomsen

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Abstract

This article examines why the percentage of Democratic women in Congress has increased dramatically since the 1980s while the percentage of Republican women has barely grown. The central claim is that ideological conformity with the party influences the decision to run for office, and I suggest that partisan polarization has discouraged ideological moderates in the pipeline from pursuing a congressional career. The findings have gendered implications because, first, Republican women in the pipeline have historically been to the left of their male counterparts, and second, there is a dearth of conservative women in the pipeline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-323
Number of pages29
JournalLegislative Studies Quarterly
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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