women in national legislatures (e.g., Denmark) and governmental agencies (e.g., Australia),
101 the United States has a long
legacy of male monopolization of decision making in policymaking institutions. Developments in 1992 may fall far short of
feminists' aspirations for equal gender representation in government. However, the notable increases in women's congressional
representation produced in a single election stand in marked
contrast to the political history and traditions of the United States.
Thus the Thomas nomination controversy can be classified as the
catalytic event that generated significant political change.
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Jill Abramson, "Reversal of Fortune: Image of Anita Hill
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Book title: Critical Judicial Nominations and Political Change:The Impact of Clarence Thomas.
Contributors: Christopher E. Smith - Author.
Publisher: Praeger Publishers.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: 148.
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