Agenda setting and African American women in state legislatures

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Political scientists have, in recent years, uncovered substantial evidence that political representation in the United States is influenced by gender and race, yet generally examine the effects of gender entirely separate from the effects of race. In this article, we explore the agenda-setting behavior of African American female state legislators. We find that African American women do respond to both women’s interests and black interests. We also find that while the sponsorship of black interest measures by African American women (or other legislators) is not influenced by the proportion of African Americans within the chamber, African American women are less likely to sponsor women’s interest measures in legislatures with a relatively high proportion of women present. We conclude that because of their focus on multiple groups, black women occupy a unique place in representation, and that their choices are influenced by the institutional context in which they work.

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Cited Authors

  • Bratton, KA; Haynie, KL; Reingold, B

Published Date

  • January 1, 2013

Volume / Issue

  • 28 /

Book Title

  • Intersectionality and Politics: Recent Research on Gender, Race, and Political Representation in the United States

Start / End Page

  • 71 - 96

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780203726303

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J501v28n03_04

Citation Source

  • Scopus