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.

The Candidates Go to the Voters

The candidates go to the voters

I have never seen anything like this. Voters have been so enthusiastic for our candidate. I have run lots of House races, and I've never seen this kind of response to the candidate. The “year of the woman” [1992] is real, at least it is for the voters.

Campaign manager for an experienced female challenger running in northern California in 1992

In 1994, the last thing I would want to be is a woman Democrat running for office. The Democrats have lost control of the policy agenda and there appears to be a backlash against women. I think with the “year of the woman” in 1992, many male voters saw the feminization of the Democratic party ...

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