Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

1992

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

History

First Advisor

John Dobson

Abstract

Seventy-seven women have served in the Iowa General Assembly since the election of the first woman in 1928. Iowa's women legislators represent a broad range of political beliefs, wealth, education, and personal backgrounds. The diversity among them extends to their political styles and the issues they supported and opposed.;Before their candidacies these lawmakers generally lived traditional women's lives and participated in their communities' activities and organizations. They often became candidates to fill their parties' tickets but some ran because they believed that they had specific contributions to make to the formulation of state policy.;Through the issues they raised, the bills they sponsored, and the ways that they voted, Iowa women legislators have influenced almost every aspect of state policy. Their contributions to state policies rest primarily in the perspectives that they added to it. They added new dimensions to the debates and expanded the issues considered as policies were formulated.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-9562

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Suzanne O'Dea Schenken

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI9311532

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

350 pages

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