What happens in an electoral environment involving female candidates? Do women face different challenges during the electoral process? How do gender dynamics alter the conventional norms of electoral politics? Do women campaign differently from men? Do male candidates pay more attention to women's issues, or make other strategic and behavioral changes when opposed by a female candidate? Author Richard Logan Fox answers these questions and many others with compelling evidence that suggests that women candidates are having a profound impact on the electoral process. In Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections, Fox studies the congressional races of 1992 and 1994 in California in which a record 19 women were candidates for House seats. He contrasts the experiences of both the male and female candidates and sheds new light on the different challenges women face during political campaigns. Providing a groundbreaking examination of an understudied topic, Gender Dynamics in Congressional Elections will be essential for students and professionals in political science.
Chapter 4: The Gender Dynamics of Fund-Raising, Party Support, and Media Coverage
The Gender Dynamics of Fund-Raising, Party Support, and Media Coverage
As recently as the late 1960s, one of the surest means by which a woman could become a member of Congress was to have a husband who was a Congressman die while in office.1 If her husband was a Senator, she could be appointed by the governor to finish out the term. If her husband was a member of the House, a special election could be called and she would become the sentimental choice for election (Gertzog 1980; Kincaid 1978; Bullock and Heys 1972). The difficulty women have had breaking into high elective office on their own is undeniable. The first Republican woman elected to the ...