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Sisters in the StatehouseBlack Women and Legislative Decision Making$
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Nadia E. Brown

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199352432

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199352432.001.0001

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Formative Experiences

Formative Experiences

(p.27) Chapter 2 Formative Experiences
Sisters in the Statehouse

Nadia E. Brown

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 provides detailed portraits of the Black women who are Maryland state legislators. It addresses identity formation and its impact on the political behaviors of Black women who are Maryland state legislators. This chapter serves as the foundation for explaining how identity influences legislative decision making, and uses feminist life histories to explicate how personal experiences, race, gender, class, and other identities determine how legislators behave.

Keywords:   identity formation, feminist life histories, personal experience

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