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Women in the ClubGender and Policy Making in the Senate$
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Michele L. Swers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226022796

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226022963.001.0001

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Women and the New Senate Club

Women and the New Senate Club

(p.1) 1 Women and the New Senate Club
Women in the Club

Michele L. Swers

University of Chicago Press

The advancement of women into politics, particularly in the United States Senate, is a recent phenomenon. This chapter focuses on the U.S. Senate, analyzing how gender influences the legislative behavior of senators, like partisanship and ideology, to shape legislative priorities. First, it presents a brief history of the transformation of the Senate into a more individualist partisan institution. It then discusses the advancement of women into the Senate and the rise of a policy agenda that focused on various social welfare and women’s rights issues. The chapter also examines gender differences in public opinion and the impact of gender on policy making.

Keywords:   United States Senate, gender, legislative behavior, senators, partisanship, social welfare, women’s rights, policy making

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