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ERIC Number: EJ979871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1049-0965
Practicing Politics: Female Political Scientists as Candidates for Elective Office
Burrell, Barbara
PS: Political Science and Politics, v45 n1 p83-86 Jan 2012
In 2007, University of Oklahoma political science professor Cindy Simon Rosenthal was elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma, after having served as a member of its city council. Was her activity unique within the political science profession among female political scientists? Her election stimulated the curiosity of some of us in the women-and-politics-research community. To what extent had female political scientists attempted to move from the "Ivory Tower" to the "Public Square" as elective office holders? What had their experiences been like? We explore those questions with particular interest in a number of theoretical propositions from women and politics studies. For example, how did they decide to seek elective office? Were they self-starters or had they been recruited? What role did their families play in their campaigns? To what extent was gender perceived as a factor, and in what ways in their various campaigns? How successful were they, and what role did their academic credentials play in their campaigns? Did their quests for public office affect their academic careers? Did they use the findings from the women and politics literature to inform their quests? Perhaps, too, we thought, their campaigns might provide distinctive insights about running for and serving in public office and inform discussion about the role of gender in political life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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