Race, gender, and political representation: Toward a more intersectional approach


Who gets elected? Who do they represent? What issues do they prioritize? Does diversity in representation make a difference? Race, Gender, and Political Representation approaches these questions about the politics of identity in the United States differently. It is not about women’s representation or minority representation; it is about how race and gender interact to affect the election, behavior, and impact of all individuals-raced women and gendered minorities alike. By putting women of color at the center of the analysis and re-evaluating traditional, one-at-a-time approaches to studying the politics of race or gender, the authors demonstrate what an intersectional approach to political representation can reveal. With a wealth of original data on the presence, policy leadership, and policy impact of Black women and men, Latinas and Latinos, and White women and men in state legislative office in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, each chapter shows how the politics of race, gender, and representation are far more complex than recurring “Year of the Woman” frameworks suggest. An array of race-gender similarities and differences is evident in the experiences, activities, and accomplishments of these state legislators. Yet one thing is clear: the representation of those marginalized by multiple, intersecting systems of power and inequality is intricately bound to the representation of women of color.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reingold, B; Haynie, KL; Widner, K

Published Date

  • January 1, 2020

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 232

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780197502174

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oso/9780197502174.001.0001

Citation Source

  • Scopus