Where Women Run: Gender and Party in the American States. By
Kira Sanbonmatsu. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006. 264p.
$70.00 cloth, $24.95 paper.
In recent years, scholarship in the subfield of women and politics has
met with a puzzling trend. The percentage of women in state legislatures,
once steadily growing, has leveled off and even decreased in recent years.
It is from this puzzle that Kira Sanbonmatsu's book begins: Why is
the growth of women's representation in the state legislatures
slowing down, and what do political parties have to do with it?
Sanbonmatsu's argument is thoughtful, detailed and compelling, and
she generates a bounty of information for scholars of women and politics,
state politics, and political parties.