Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 1
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Setzler, Mark and Yanus, Alixandra B. 2016. Evangelical Protestantism and Bias Against Female Political Leaders*. Social Science Quarterly,


Studying Gender in U.S. Politics: Where Do We Go from Here?

  • Richard L. Fox (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 08 March 2011

The prominence and acceptance of gender as an important subject of inquiry in U.S. politics has been steadily growing in political science. Indeed, in the 1960s and 1970s, small sample sizes of women in politics and disdain from the disciplinary gatekeepers made the serious study of gender in U.S. politics difficult to pursue (Flammang 1997; Tolleson-Rinehart and Carroll 2006). The world is clearly different today, as gender politics courses are finding their way into undergraduate and graduate curricula throughout the United States. While the ascension of gender analysis of U.S. politics as a critical variable for study is not complete, the future is bright. Several recent volumes have addressed the current state of the subfield, and most notably, Susan J. Carroll's (2003) edited volume Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions focused on the very purpose of laying out a research agenda for those studying gender in U.S. politics (see also Krook and Childs 2010; Wolbrecht, Beckwith, and Baldez 2008). In this essay, I continue the discussion of where the gender and U.S. politics subfield is headed by providing a brief overview of the state of the field and by offering suggestions for future avenues of study, primarily in the area of candidate emergence.

Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

Michael B. Berkman , and Robert E. O'Connor . 1993. “Do Women Legislators Matter?American Politics Quarterly 21 (1): 102–24.

Barbara Burrell . 1994. A Woman's Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in the Feminist Era. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Susan J. Carroll , ed. 2003. Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions. New York: Oxford University Press.

Richard L. Fox , and Robert Schuhmann . 1999. “Gender and Local Government: A Comparison of Women and Men City Managers?Public Administration Review 59 (3): 231–42.

Brian Frederick . 2009. “Are Female House Members Still More Liberal in a Polarized Era? The Conditional Nature of the Relationship Between Descriptive and Substantive Representation.” Congress & the Presidency 36 (2): 181202.

Jennifer L. Lawless , and Kathryn Pearson . 2008. “The Primary Reason for Women's Under-Representation: Re-Evaluating the Conventional Wisdom.” Journal of Politics 70 (1): 6782.

Kira Sanbonmatsu . 2006. Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer , and Renato Corbetta . 2004. “Gender Turnover and Roll-Call Voting in the U.S. House of Representatives.” Legislative Studies Quarterly 29 (2): 215–29.

Sue Thomas . 1994. How Women Legislate. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lynne A. Weikart , Greg Chen , Daniel W. Williams , and Haris Hromic . 2007. “The Democratic Sex: Gender Differences and the Exercise of Power.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 28 (1): 119–40.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Politics & Gender
  • ISSN: 1743-923X
  • EISSN: 1743-9248
  • URL: /core/journals/politics-and-gender
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *