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What might happen if a woman's right to vote is seen as coequal with her right to be elected?

Why are other countries so much better than the United States at electing women to office? In her lead essay in this anthology, Jennifer Piscopo argues that women in the United States haven't fought for the right to be elected. A comparative political scientist, she shows that suffrage movements around the world often focused not only on the right to vote, but also the right to stand for office. As a result, when these movements succeeded, they saw the right to be elected as a positive right, enabling nationwide-efforts to both encourage and actively recruit female candidates. In her exploration of positive and negative rights in the United States, Piscopo explores what might happen if a woman's right to vote is seen as coequal with her right to be elected, considering, among other things, how our definitions of representational government could both change and restore public trust in democracy.

Other essays in this anthology similarly analyze history for lessons that can be applied to today's political climate. What effects does gender parity in legislatures have both on policies enacted and government performance? How has the complicated relationship between race and gender both informed and prevented progress for both movements? And, most immediately, what will it take for a woman to be elected president in the United States?

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Below is a selection of articles in Boston Review The Right to be Elected.

EDITORS’ NOTE Deborah Chasman & Joshua Cohen IN THIS DIFFICULT YEAR, we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. Paying homage to the suffragists’ victory securing th...
INTRODUCTION Jennifer M. Piscopo & Shauna L. Shames WHEN COVID-19 paralyzed the globe in April 2020, Donald Trump swaggered about the White House telling falsehoods while New Zealand’s prime minister, J...
THE RIGHT TO BE ELECTED Jennifer M. Piscopo WESTERN THOUGHT has traditionally defined citizens as Aristotle did in The Politics: “He who has the power to take part in the deliberative or judicial administration of any...
PERSUASION, NOT QUOTAS Alice Eagly JENNIFER PISCOPO ARGUES that gender quotas in other countries work like the wave of a magic wand, quickly and profoundly correcting for women’s lack of political representation. So,...
CHANGING GENDERED EXPECTATIONS Suzanne Dovi WHEN ASKED, “How does it feel to be appointed because you are a woman?” Barbara Babcock, the first female assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in the U.S. Department o...
THE BATTLE FOR WOMEN’S REPRESENTATION STARTS IN OUR HOMES Dawn Langan Teele A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, the United States became the eighteenth country to give white women the right to vote, an accomplishment that many Americans today look back on with pride...

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