In recent decades political scientists have dedicated a great deal of attention to the study of female politicians with specific attention focused on female legislators. This research includes analyses of the obstacles women confront when running for legislative office, including incumbency advantage, fund-raising challenges, and exclusion and absence from the pool of eligible candidates (e.g., Darcy, Welch, & Clark, 1994; Palmer & Simon, 2008; Sanbonmatsu, 2006). In addition, extant research has examined how women behave once in elected office (e.g., Bingham, 1997; Dodson, 2006; Swers, 2002; ...
Women as Leaders in Congress
Women as leaders in congress