Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
L C Plein
The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the role of gender in shaping policies and politics. In the first empirical chapter, I explore support for women candidates for elected office and positions of public authority. The chapter investigates how membership in groups defined by race and gender shapes attitudes towards women holding political office. Next, I map how the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) made it to the legislative agenda and seek to answer the question of how gender entered the discussion of violence. Using the literature on issue framing and entrepreneurship, I explore how attention to the issue of domestic violence resulted in the passage of the VAWA. The final empirical chapter examines how state supreme courts deal with women who are victims of domestic violence.
Barrick, Andrea S., "Gender, Policies, and Politics" (2015). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 5159.