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The Silent SexGender, Deliberation, and Institutions$
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Christopher F. Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159751

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159751.001.0001

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The Sources of the Gender Gap in Political Participation

The Sources of the Gender Gap in Political Participation

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(p.33) Chapter 2 The Sources of the Gender Gap in Political Participation
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The Silent Sex
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Christopher F. Karpowitz

Tali Mendelberg

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159751.003.0003

This chapter talks about how American women, like their counterparts in other advanced economies, have narrowed or even reversed the gap in important resources that form the prerequisites of political participation. Women have become reliable voters and civic activists; in other words, they are the foot soldiers of democracy. However, women have not turned their growing progress along the pathways to political participation into commensurate political influence. The chapter also shows how the United States has experienced a shrinking gender gap in workforce participation, occupational status, and income. When it comes to the single most important antecedent of participation, namely, education, American women have even achieved a higher level than men.

Keywords:   American women, advanced economies, political participation, civic activists, democracy, education, gender gap

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