Chapter

<b>Representing Women: Consensus and Complexity</b>

Debra L. Dodson

in The Impact of Women in Congress

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780198296744
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198296746.003.0004

Series: Gender & Politics

 Representing Women: Consensus and Complexity

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In setting the foundation for a closer look at women’s impact, this introduction to Part II draws on the extensive interviews with women members to provide evidence that almost every woman interviewed — regardless of party and across Congresses — expressed some basic sense of responsibility to women. Yet this unity in theory suggested by their words posed a sharp contrast to what was often disunity (or limited unity) of action in practice, pointing to the need to deconstruct seemingly similar sentiments surrounding responsibility and connection to women.

Keywords: substantive representation; competing identities; descriptive representation; ideological diversity; feminist consciousness; gender consciousness; group consciousness; minority consciousness

Chapter.  2820 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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