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In Chapter 5, “Women As Legislators” Han Discusses The

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In Chapter 5, “Women as Legislators” Han discusses the lack of parity between men and women in legislature. Han explains the premise behind legislature and that the number of people in legislature corresponds to the amount of people they represent.
Research conducted by political scientist Cindy Simon Rosenthal investigated women state legislators. Her conclusion was that legislative leadership has focused on solely men, without giving acknowledgement to women and their contributions. Rosenthal divides legislative leadership into two categories: aggregative (or transactional) and integrative (or transformational). Research claims that men tend to take the aggregative approach to leadership and women have taken the integrative approach.
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Wilson points out that women are steadily gaining traction in legislature, but at a severely slow pace when compared to other Western democracies. Over 30% of all Democratic state legislator are women. Conversely, fewer than one in six Republican state legislators are women. The chances of a woman winning or losing a political election is no greater than a man’s chances.
Women just need to be interested, and most are not. Both political parties have created organizations to attract women. EMILY’s List is a Democratic fundraising organization that created Focus 2020, a recruitment and training for female candidates and the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Right Women, Right Now program helped over 300 women run and win states office since it began in 2012. Both parties have seen plenty of success with their programs. If America were to see a female president, she would likely come from the Western or Northeastern states, as the Southern states are reluctant to elect women. Finland, Norway, and Sweden have parliaments where women hold more than 40% of the seats. In Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, Austria and the United Kingdom, women hold over 30% of the seats in government. America does not even crack the top 50 number of nations that have a sizeable amount of women in public office.
There are a few resources available for women interested in public office. The National Women’s Political Caucus of NJ (WPCNJ)
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