KEY FEATURES: A comparative perspective expands students’ awareness of their own intersectional identities and the varying effects of patriarchy on women worldwide. A variety of policy areas highlighted throughout the book illustrates how different theories are applied to real-world situations. Multiple political engagement activities keep students engaged with the content.
Chapter Five: When Women Run
When Women Run
Despite the fact that women tend to have lower political ambition than men, many women do, in fact, make the decision to run. That decision is not always supported by others. For instance, Maura Healey, Massachusetts’s current attorney general, was a first-time candidate when she decided to run for office in 2014. “Democratic insiders told her she wasn’t ready. They told her she couldn’t raise the money. They told her it wasn’t her turn yet. They actively worked to derail her candidacy.”1 Yet, she won. Other Democratic women politicians in Massachusetts, supposedly one of the bluest of the blue states, have faced similar opposition. Elizabeth Warren, the senior U.S. senator for the state, says she was told the state ...