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100 Years of the Nineteenth AmendmentAn Appraisal of Women's Political Activism$
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Holly J. McCammon and Lee Ann Banaszak

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190265144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190265144.001.0001

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One Hundred Years since Women’s Suffrage

One Hundred Years since Women’s Suffrage

Managing Multiple Identities among Latina Congressional Leaders

(p.128) 6 One Hundred Years since Women’s Suffrage
100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment

Jessica Lavariega Monforti

Oxford University Press

One hundred years since women won the right to vote in federal elections, the representation of women in elected office falls far below proportionality. The disparity is even greater for women of color: while significant proportions of the US population are Asian American, Black, and Latina women, few women of color hold elective office. Of the ninety-seven women who were elected in 2012 and are serving in the 113th Congress, only nine are Latina. These women are often marginalized by both their ethnorace and their gender. This chapter examines one hundred years of Latina political candidates, those who successfully ran for federal office, and the multiple, intersecting marginalities they faced and conquered in order to win their congressional elections.

Keywords:   Latina, legislator, Congress, women, Hispanic, leader, elected

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