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<b>Women's Health: A Shelter in the Storm</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/10.1093/0198296746.003.0011

Series: Gender & Politics

 Women's Health: A Shelter in the Storm

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Women’s health did not suffer the same endless litany of political defeats as other policy areas in the Republican-controlled 104th. While the case studies of women’s health research funding, breast cancer screening, and women veterans’ health suggest that women’s presence within the institution is important for ensuring substantive representation of women, they also suggest that other factors play a critical role in giving meaning to women’s presence. These include the political environment of Congress, the ideological perspective of those who hold positional power, and the extra-institutional pressure generated from the gender gap in the mass public, which gives legitimacy to action on behalf of women’s health among male members concerned about the next election.

Keywords: women’s health; ideology; partisanship; extra-institutional environment; descriptive representation; substantive representation; institutional environment; gender gap; positional power

Chapter.  7459 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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