Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay in Office

Author
Kelly Dittmar
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
In this book Jeffrey Lazarus and Amy Steigerwalt leverage an impressive data collection to make the case that women legislators are more active and more responsive to their constituents than men. Moreover, they offer a theoretical argument to explain why women appear to work harder to meet constituent needs and demands, suggesting that women legislators’ perceptions of their electoral vulnerability—even as incumbents—motivate them to focus their legislative efforts on proving to their constituents that they are worthy of re-election.
Topic
International Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus