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"Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women's Place is impressive in its scope, powerful in its argument, and compelling in its analysis. . . . Using data sources ranging from public opinion surveys to elite interviews to party platforms to presidential speeches, Sanbonmatsu provides a provocative account of how and why the parties' electoral strategies have varied across gender issues. Scholars will be reading and citing this book for years to come."
-Susan J. Carroll, Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University
"Kira Sanbonmatsu's study contributes to our knowledge of the complexity of the response of the Democratic and Republican parties to the gender issues that emerged on the political scene as a result of the women's movement. She expertly shows how the perspectives of both party activists and the general public need to be taken into account across a range of gender issues for an understanding of the impact of women as a political force in contemporary politics."
-Barbara Burrell, Northern Illinois University and author of A Woman's Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in the Feminist Era"Democrats, Republicans, and the Politics of Women's Place is an unusual double-treat-an original study of party politics and a review of how issues created by women's changing roles in society have never quite made it to the top of the political agenda. Readers who care about the obstacles faced by social issues in the political marketplace should not miss this book. They will be richly rewarded."
-Doris A. Graber, University of Illinois at Chicago, Political Science Quarterly"[Sanbonmatsu] has done important work in raising the question of the separation between abortion and other gender issues, and has moved us some distance in the direction of understanding this phonomenon. . . . [T]his book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the place of gender in American electoral and party politics in the last three decades."
-Gretchen Ritter, University of Texas, Austin, Perspectives on Politics

Kira Sanbonmatsu is Associate Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and Senior Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics' Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP). She was previously associate professor at Ohio State University. She is also the author of Where Women Run, and co-editor with Susan J. Carroll of the CAWP Series in Gender and American Politics.