Gender Pools and Puzzles: Charting a “Women's Path” to the Legislature

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Abstract

The “social eligibility pool” stands as one of the most common, and most powerful, explanations for women's underrepresentation in elective office. By this view, women are underrepresented in elite politics because sex discrimination and socialization have produced a gender imbalance in the occupations that typically precede a political career (Darcy, Welch, and Clark 1994). The scarcity of women in law and business has implications for politics: “The absence of women from these stepping-stones to political office does explain a good portion of women's under-representation in public office. A decrease in this under-representation helps explain gains in women holding office” (1994, 179).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-400
Number of pages14
JournalPolitics and Gender
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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