This research examines whether or not electing women to the House of Representatives produces substantive representation for women in Congress. The analysis is based on members’ voting records on gender-related legislation. I controlled for the gender, seniority, and ideology of members of the House. Ideology was the only significant predictor in the model. These results imply that gender is not a driving force behind voting for female members. It is possible that ideology drowns out other predictive variables in the model. Further research should include a longitudinal study of the House for multiple sessions of Congress, not just the 110th Congress. A study that incorporates more votes and shows a pattern over time will be a better assessment of whether or not gender affects voting.
Recommended CitationKaplan, Samantha (2010) "Gender as a Dimension of Voting in the U.S. House," Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 15
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