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Women in State Legislatures
Women in state legislatures

Leadership in the public sphere typically has been understood as male. Politics is no different. As political scientists Georgia Duerst-Lahti and Rita Mae Kelly (1995) explain, “Masculinity permeates understandings of political leadership” (p. 24). Consequently, not only have women in U.S. history been barred from many types of political participation such as speech making, voting, and office holding, even today, they are only a small minority of state legislators. Although in 2010 women hold a record number of seats, they still comprise less than one quarter of state ...

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