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Peter L. Francia

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 16: Women's Organizations as Leaders in Finding and Supporting Female Candidates

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Women's Organizations as Leaders in Finding and Supporting Female Candidates
Women's organizations as leaders in finding and supporting female candidates

Over the past 3 decades, the percentage of women holding elective office has increased considerably. One of the many factors contributing to increases in the number of women holding political office has been the rise of women's organizations (Cook, Thomas, & Wilcox, 1994; Day & Hadley, 2005; Nelson, 1994; Witt, Paget, & Matthews, 1994). These groups, which often champion progressive and feminist causes, but also include those with conservative political leanings, ...

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