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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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Gender Inequality in School Boards

Gender Inequality in School Boards

(p.273) Chapter 10 Gender Inequality in School Boards
The Silent Sex

Christopher F. Karpowitz

Tali Mendelberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the experiences of men and women in Londonderry, Wakefield, and many other towns and cities across the country. While the school boards data set is culled from official meeting minutes and thus has some limitations, the chapter regards the findings reviewed here as a tough test of the expectations for majority-rule meetings. Not only are these settings ostensibly focused on the needs of children—an issue highly important to women—but they are also comprised of women who are elected representatives. These are women with sufficient efficacy and confidence to have successfully run for elected office in the places where they live, women whose official position involves speaking upon behalf of their constituents. In that sense, these women are among the more privileged and powerful people in the country.

Keywords:   women, men, school boards, majority-rule meetings, children, confidence, efficacy

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