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The Motherless State: Women's Political Leadership and American Democracy

Eileen McDonagh


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 per cent 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. This book is an exploration of this deficiency and reveals why the United States differs from comparable democracies that routinely elect far more women to their national governing bodies and chief executive positions. Explaining that equal rights al ... More

Keywords: women, political leadership, democracy, United States, legislative office, political office, equal rights, social welfare, gender quotas, government

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226514543
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226514567.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eileen McDonagh, author