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Women in the American Political System

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Christopher Gannon
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Iowa State University
Dianne Bystrom at Iowa State University

Voters in the 2018 Midterm Elections sent a record number of women to Congress and to state legislatures nationwide, and Iowa elected its first two female members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

In this River to River segment, host Ben Kieffer talks with the authors of a new book that looks at the evolution of women's involvement in American politics from the colonial era to the present. "Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders" is written by Dianne Bystrom, director emerita of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at Iowa State University, and Barbara Burrell, professor emerita of political science at Northern Illinois University.

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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River