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Under Representation Of Women In Politics Essay

2151 words - 9 pages

As Americans we are having the great privilege to witness something that is almost unheard of in American culture, a women is trying and is getting very close to be a nominee to run for the presidency of the United States of America. The sad thing is that we have almost never seen a women run for presidency and actually stand a legitimate change until now, in the year 2008. It has taken over fifty years to actually have a women stand a good chance to win a presidency and if you asked me that is very sad that we have come so little in such a long time.I am certainly happy to see that Ms. Hilary Clinton will most likely be the representative of the Democratic party in the upcoming elections that will take place in November, but at the same time I am a little saddened that it has taken so many years for women to take a step forward in their quest for equality with men.Research QuestionMany women have started to come forward as political leaders, governors, mayors and many more political affiliated organizations, but why is there such an under-representation of women in politics? You would think that because we live in America which is known as the land of the free, that women would have such a great chance to hold offices just as men do but that is not the case at all. "As of 2001, women constitute 13 percent of the U.S. Senate and 13.6 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives. At the state level women compose 22.3 percent of the state legislators. At the city level in 2000, women served as mayors in 19 of the 100 largest cities with populations over 30,000" (Center for American Women and Politics). This shows that women have made good strides towards equality but what is holding them back from making huge strides? These are the questions that I hope to answer throughout my paper.Literature ReviewFor this certain paper I tried to gather as much information that I could through online academic journals. I was able to find a lot of information regarding my topic and the essential journals that I ended up using were filled with great information. I read Women and Political Participation by M. Margaret Conway, Understanding the Policy Impact of Electing Women: Evidence from Research on Congress and State Legislatures by Michele Swers, I also read Political Parties and the Recruitment of Women to State Legislatures by Kira Sanbonmatsu, and the last journal I read was Why Few Women Hold Public Office: Democracy And Sexual Roles by Maria Manning Lee. I think that the journals I selected were appropriate in backing up my assertion that I have made and will give the reader the best insight to the problem brought forth.MethodologyI gathered these selected journals to see what researchers, who have done extensive research on my topic, have concluded in their findings and to help incorporate it into answering my question. There is not one right answer to tackle a situation like that one that I have brought forth; there are many different ways that the...

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