Women and American Politics: New Questions, New Directions

By Susan J. Carroll | Go to book overview

8 A Portrait of Continuing Marginality: The Study of Women of Color in American Politics 1

Cathy J. Cohen


Introduction: The Invisibility of Women of Color 2

It seems only appropriate that we begin this discussion of the study of women of color in American politics with a painfully obvious, yet no less troubling admission. Namely, in 2000 we still know very little about the political activity, ideologies, and attitudes of African American, Latina, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Native American women, especially in comparison to the knowledge we have gained about other groups such as white men. Clearly, we know a bit more than we did when I first penned this piece in the mid-1990s, having experienced such symbolic events as the media's frenzy over the vote of soccer moms, largely constructed as white, middle-class, suburban women. However, despite such periodic interest in women's political activity, we are still in desperate need of more research that can provide increasing detail to the skeletal picture we have of the political behavior of women of color. And while there exist numerous reasons for this pattern of neglect, in this chapter I will briefly comment on what I consider to be four significant causes.

First and foremost, any examination into the invisibility of women of color in the field of American politics must begin with some understanding of what has traditionally been defined as political by the mainstream of the discipline, namely voting and other formal institutional activity. In contrast to accepting this bounded and limited notion of what is political, feminist scholars have long pointed out how an adherence to an artificial dichotomy between public and private domains works to hide the various ways in which women participate politically (Hopkins 1993 ; Pateman 1989). These researchers argue that the dominant focus on electoral forms of participation in the study of American

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Table of contents

  • Women and American Politics iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Figures ix
  • List of Contributors x
  • References 25
  • Part I Running for Public Office 31
  • 1: Accounting for Women's Political Involvement 33
  • References 49
  • 2: Campaign Strategy 53
  • References 68
  • 3: Money and Women's Candidacies for Public Office 72
  • References 85
  • Part II Other Aspects of Women's Participation in Electoral Politics 87
  • 4: The Impact of Women in Political Leadership Positions 89
  • 5: Women, Women's Organizations, and Political Parties 111
  • References 141
  • 6: The Gender Gap 146
  • References 166
  • Part III New Directions in Women and Politics Research 171
  • 7: Assessing the Media's Impact on the Political Fortunes of Women 173
  • References 187
  • 8: A Portrait of Continuing Marginality 190
  • References 210
  • 9: Broadening the Study of Women's Participation 214
  • References 229
  • Index 237
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