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.
Conclusion: The Future of Candidate Gender in Electoral Politics
The high level and high visibility of gender politics that existed in 1992 and 1994 will not be likely to figure as prominently in the 1996 elections in California. There are no major statewide races at stake. However, by 1998 Californians will again see women leading the Democratic ticket, as controversial Senator Barbara Boxer, who won narrowly in the 1992 election, will be up for reelection. Boxer's 1998 race, well out of the shadow of the “year of the woman” elections, will be an interesting testing ground for the further progress of women in California. Also, the likely reelection attempts by Senator Patty Murray of Washington and Senator ...