The third edition of Gender and Elections offers a systematic, lively, and multifaceted account of the role of gender in the electoral process through the 2012 elections. This timely yet enduring volume strikes a balance between highlighting the most important developments for women as voters and candidates in the 2012 elections and providing a more long-term, in-depth analysis of the ways that gender has helped shape the contours and outcomes of electoral politics in the United States. Individual chapters demonstrate the importance of gender in understanding and interpreting presidential elections, presidential and vice-presidential candidacies, voter participation and turnout, voting choices, congressional elections, the political involvement of Latinas, the participation of African American women, the support of political parties and women's organizations, candidate communications with voters, and state elections. Without question, Gender and Elections is the most comprehensive, reliable, and trustworthy resource on the role of gender in US electoral politics.
Table of Contents
Introduction: gender and electoral politics in the twenty-first century Susan J. Carroll and Richard L. Fox; 1. Presidential elections: gendered space and the case of 2012 Georgia Duerst-Lahti; 2. Cracking the 'highest, hardest glass ceiling': women as presidential and vice presidential contenders Kelly Dittmar and Susan J. Carroll; 3. Voter participation: the political generational divide among women voters Susan A. MacManus; 4. Voting choices: how and why the gender gap matters Susan J. Carroll; 5. Latinas and electoral politics: expanding participation and power in state and national elections Anna Sampaio; 6. African American women and electoral politics: translating voting power into office-holding Wendy G. Smooth; 7. Congressional elections: women's candidacies and the road to gender parity Richard L. Fox; 8. Political parties and women's organizations: bringing women into the electoral arena Barbara Burrell; 9. Advertising, web sites, and media coverage: gender and communication along the campaign trail Dianne Bystrom; 10. Women's election to office in the fifty states: opportunities and challenges Kira Sanbonmatsu.