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The Partisan Gap: Why Democratic Women Get Elected But Republican Women Don't

Laurel Elder


Recent elections have seen women break records in terms of their representation in elective office. Yet, behind this story of progress is a tale of two parties. Democratic women are on a steady march toward equal representation in state legislatures and Congress. Democratic women in elective office are also becoming more reflective of the nation’s diversity in terms of their race and ethnicity. In contrast, gains for Republican women in elective office have stalled and in many cases reversed. Republicans in elective office today are even more male and more white than in the past. Why do patter ... More

Keywords: women’s representation, Republican Party, Democratic Party, political parties, state legislatures, women of color, partisan gap, regional realignment, party culture, Center for American Women and Politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479804818
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479804818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurel Elder, author
Hartwick College

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