September 15, 2009
Name of reading: Women, Culture, and Political Socialization & Women’s Political Participation
Subject: How women relates to society
Author: Mary MargaretConway, Gertrude A. Steuernagel, David W. Ahem
In the chapter’s introduction of Women, Culture, and Political Socialization, Barbara Jordan’s political and social life is identifiedas a reflection of a contradiction of the social clock. She went against the “flow” and expectations that society had for her and succeeded what she resolved to accomplish; having a political career.Eleanora proficiently did something alike but not as radical as Jordan. She managed a career and always prioritized her family first before her job. The dramatic shift of thought of women throughoutthe 20th century was the main focus. How women use to think of themselves and currently today, were one of the questions that the chapter was seeking an answer for. Emphasize was on the fact thatwomen nowadays participate more in politics and in the labor force. They procure more education than men, and she takes in a career as a mother. In conclusion of the chapter, up to a large extent, then,the future of women’s political participation depends on the receptivity of what has been a male-oriented political culture.
Generally the last chapter presented, titled Women’sPolitical Participation, points out that a political activity is composed of all sorts of action that attempts to influence, straight or obliquely, what government does. The political participation that womenhave been doing since 1960s has changed radically. The author states that gender differences in voter turnouts in midterm congressional elections are equal. Women sign more petitions...