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What a Gender Gap Looks Like

Feminists have used the gender gap to increase their influence in the political parties and in policy making. Since Democrats seem to be the chief beneficiaries of the gender gap, they were expected to act to promote feminist issues and women candidates. They complied in 1984, a high point of feminist influence, with the nomination of Geraldine Ferraro for vice-president on the ticket headed by Walter Mondale. Republicans countered by pronouncing the Democrats in the grip of “special interests,” using NOW’s close relation to Mondale as evidence.