The Impact of Women in Congress

Author
Georgia Duerst-Lahti
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
123
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Summer 2008
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
The title understates the scope of this book. While students of Congress indeed should read this book—and not only those interested in women—so should those concerned about policymaking, representation, and new approaches to studying institutions. Its conclusions are sophisticated and nuanced, and illuminate all of these fields. It also answers persistent questions about the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation, concluding indisputably that women's presence matters but that their impact is moderated by numbers, power, position, issue opportunity, and the attitudes, ideas, and concerns of both voters and men in Congress, especially male leaders.