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Why has the combination of ladies into Congress been so sluggish? Is there a "political glass ceiling" for girls? even though girls use an identical strategic calculations as males to choose while to run, the choice relating to the place to run is anything else. whereas redistricting has more and more secure incumbents, it additionally has the accidental final result of shaping the possibilities for girl applicants. The political geography and socio-economic profile of districts that choose girls fluctuate considerably from districts that pick males. With information on over 10,000 elections and 30,000 applicants from 1916 to the current, Palmer and Simon discover how approach and the facility of incumbency impact women’s judgements to run for place of work. Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling is the main finished research of girls in congressional elections to be had. the second one variation is absolutely up to date to mirror the pivotal 2006 mid-term elections, together with Nancy Pelosi’s upward push to Speaker of the home, Hillary Clinton’s bid for the presidency, and a checklist variety of ladies serving as committee chairs. also, the authors have created an internet site, discovered at, to focus on key positive factors of the booklet and supply updates during the election cycle.

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S. , office. Following his election to the Senate, Richard wrote an article for Harper’s entitled “My Wife Put Me in the Senate”; Foerstel, 1999, 201–3. 30 • Rise and Persistence of the Glass Ceiling Three widows attempted to retain their seats and ran in the special elections to complete the remainder of their terms. Only one, Senator Hattie Caraway (D-AR), was successful; after her initial appointment in 1931, she was reelected twice. The other two were not successful. Maryon Allen (D-AL) was initially appointed by Governor George Wallace to the Senate in June 1978 after the death of her husband, Senator James Allen.

82 She challenged first-term Democratic Senator Brock Adams in the primary. ”83 She received no support from the party or even EMILY’s List. But then media reports revealed that Adams sexually harassed and molested eight women. One of his former congressional aides publicly accused him of drugging her drink and taking advantage of her. 85 By all appearances, Chandler should have cruised to victory: he was outspending Murray two to one, had a great deal of campaign experience after five terms in the House, and was a former television anchor man.

In addition to Allen’s seat, there was an open race for governor since Governor Wallace was term-limited, and the other Senate seat was open after the retirement of Senator John Sparkman. In Allen’s Democratic primary race, she was defeated in a runoff election by Donald Stewart, who was originally among the candidates seeking nomination for the seat vacated by Sparkman. In June 1978, Stewart switched races rather than run against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Howell Heflin, finished second to Allen in the initial primary, won the runoff in what was called a “stunning upset,” and defeated Republican James Martin to win the seat; Bill Peterson, “Alabama Senate ‘Sleeper’ Catches Political Experts Dozing,” Washington Post, October 3, 1978, A2.

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