Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

January 1993

Publication Source

Political Science Quarterly

Volume

108

Start Page

29

Last Page

36

Abstract

The struggle for political power has been long and difficult for women in the United States. The barriers to participation in politics have been both legal and cultural, overt and subtle. In colonial America there were few direct limits on women's participation. However, the combination of franchise restrictions based on property ownership and the overwhelming propensity for property to be held in a man's name meant that few women participated in electoral politics as either voters or officeholders.

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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Michael X. Delli Carpini was affiliated with Columbia University. Currently January 2008, he is a faculty member of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Date Posted: 14 January 2008

This document has been peer reviewed.