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The Impact of Women in Congress$
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Debra L. Dodson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198296746.001.0001

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Representing Women: Consensus and Complexity

Representing Women: Consensus and Complexity

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Representing Women: Consensus and Complexity
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The Impact of Women in Congress
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Debra L. Dodson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198296746.003.0004

In setting the foundation for a closer look at women’s impact, this introduction to Part II draws on the extensive interviews with women members to provide evidence that almost every woman interviewed — regardless of party and across Congresses — expressed some basic sense of responsibility to women. Yet this unity in theory suggested by their words posed a sharp contrast to what was often disunity (or limited unity) of action in practice, pointing to the need to deconstruct seemingly similar sentiments surrounding responsibility and connection to women.

Keywords:   substantive representation, competing identities, descriptive representation, ideological diversity, feminist consciousness, gender consciousness, group consciousness, minority consciousness

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