Today the significance of gender as a structural determinate in society is overlooked in favour of postfeminist analysis, postfeminism developed as a reaction to second and third wave feminism. It does not disagree with second and third wave feminism’s desire for equality rather postfeminism rejects the notion gender divisions still exist in cultural and political practise. The Postfeminist narrative and the myth of American exceptionalism both suggest that if you work hard you will succeed. The alignment between these two standpoints perpetuates the understanding that American politics is not gendered (Sheeler and Anderson, 2013).
Despite this perception there are very few women in American politics today. Women make up only 18.3% of Congress,