chapter  2
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Gender and Political Knowledge

Accordingtomanyindicators,theintegrationofwomenintotheU.S.political systemproceedsapace.Voterturnoutamongwomennowexceedsthatofmen, andthetrendisforthisgaptoincrease(LeighleyandNagler1991).Thenumber offemalecandidatesforpoliticalofficeatalllevelsofgovernmentcontinuesto rise,andwomen'schanceforsuccessatthepollsappearsgreateraswell(Delli CarpiniandFuchs1993).Theincreasingpresenceofwomenintheworkforce,and inpoliticallyrelevantprofessionssuchasthelaw,portendsgreaterparticipationas candidatesandactivistsinthefuture(Darcy,Welch,andClark1987;Taeuber1991).