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Unformatted text preview: Legislating By and For Women: A Comparison of the 103rd and 104th Congresses by Mary Hawkesworth, Professor of Political Science, Eagleton Institute of Politics Kathleen J. Casey, Research Associate, CAWP Krista Jenkins, Research Associate, CAWP Katherine E. Kleeman, Senior Program Associate, CAWP Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Eagleton Institute of Politics Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey November 2001 2 Acknowledgements The Center for American Women and Politics would like to thank everyone who contributed to this report. In particular, we are grateful to the members of Congress, congressional staffers, activists and experts who allowed us to interview them and provided invaluable information. We also want to acknowledge the generosity of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, The Ford Foundation and Dirksen Congressional Center/Caterpiller Foundation, which have supported our research on women in Congress. Special thanks are due to Debra Dodson, who organized and oversaw the research. In addition, the following people played key roles in our research and in the preparation of this report: Susan Carroll, Tema Javerbaum, Debra Liebowitz, Shantha Madhavan, Ruth B. Mandel, Gilda Morales, Linda Phillips, Ronnee Schreiber, Debbie Walsh. M.H. 3 Table of Contents Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Description of the Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Representing Women: An Array of Possibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Institutional Contexts and Political Climates: Comparing the 103rd and 104th Congresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Institutional Changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Republican Control of the House and Party Discipline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Withdrawal of Support from the Congressional Caucus for Womens Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Position of Women within the Institution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Changes in Political Climate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Crime Legislation in the 103 rd and 104 th Congresses . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Assault Weapons Ban . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Anti-Stalking Legislation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Womens Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24....
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