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Barbara Burrell

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Connection to Illinois: Burrell is professor emerita of political science at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Biography: Barbara Burrell is Professor Emerita of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. She has taught women and politics classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Burrell has researched and written extensively on women engaging in politics in the United States, including studies on women as candidates for public office and public opinion and the first ladyship. The Midwest Political Science Association's Women's Caucus awarded Professor Burrell a lifetime career achievement award in 2012.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

A Woman's Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in the Feminist Era
ISBN: 0472083848 OCLC: 651663647

University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor : ©1996.

Gender in Campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives
ISBN: 0472072315 OCLC: 900885585

University of Michigan Press 2015

Public Opinion, the First Ladyship, and Hillary Rodham Clinton
ISBN: 113887471X OCLC: 964509683

Routledge, London : 2016, ©2001.

The Women of 2018: The Pink Wave in the US House Elections ... and Its Legacy in 2020
ISBN: 1626379297 OCLC: 1238090992

Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc. 2021

Avengers. PerSisters. The pink wave. And even badasses. These terms have been used to refer to the unprecedented number of female candidates who ran for elected office in the United Sates in 2018. Barbara Burrell explores this phenomenon--in the context of women's candidacies for election to the US House of Representatives--discussing who the women were, why they chose to run, the nature of their campaigns, and their legacy as reflected in the 2020 elections. Not least, her findings clearly challenge traditional perspectives on women's quests for political leadership.

Women and Political Participation: A Reference Handbook
ISBN: 1851095926 OCLC: 57197316

ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, Calif. : ©2004.

An analysis of the struggle of women in America to gain political equality and change in public policy. This book examines the involvement of women in American politics since the birth of the second women's movement in the late 1960s.

Women and Politics: A Quest for Political Equality in an Age of Economic Inequality
ISBN: 1138856541 OCLC: 995019268

Routledge 2017

This textbook for courses on women and politics thematically integrates two profound historical developments focusing on women's political participation in contemporary public life in the United States. The second wave of women's rights activism has now spanned a half century producing a revolution in women's presence and influence in the public realm of American life. Over the course of this same era, however, a second phenomenon of rising economic inequality has also dramatically changed the American landscape. Burrell's text uniquely examines the effect of the age of inequality on women's advancement toward economic and political equality and in turn how policy initiatives of the women's movement have addressed inequality issues. Students will come to better understand what's at stake in the politics and policy issues from the women's rights movement to the war on women debate. Explaining a diverse set of issues and viewpoints, Burrell brings a fresh approach to the engagement of women in the public realm over the past half century. Framing this activism in the great economic divide of the same time period provides a thought-provoking, challenging, and broad thematic approach to this history. The text chronicles the many diverse types of actions women have taken in the contemporary era to achieve gender equity, empowerment, and a greater public voice. Women'both liberal feminist and conservative' have run for and been elected to positions of leadership at all levels of government. Women have formed organizations to lobby for equity in employment and education, in the military and to promote reproductive rights. They have engaged in unconventional political activities marching against and protesting the actions and policies of economic corporations and governmental institutions. Women with few economic resources have joined together to challenge local power structures. In addition to efforts to improve the lives and status of women in the United States, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have formed to promote global women's rights. Readers of this text will gain a great appreciation of the multiple political voices of American women and the challenges to continued unequal voices.--Provided by publisher.

Women in the American Political System: An Encyclopedia of Women as Voters, Candidates, and Office Holders
ISBN: 1610699734 OCLC: 1032290160

ABC-CLIO London : 2018

This book examines how women candidates, voters, and office holders shape U.S. political processes and institutions, lending their perspectives to gradually evolve American life and values. Essays in this encyclopedic sourcebook on the evolution of women's involvement in American politics examine the rising prominence of women as voters, candidates, public officials, and lawmakers, and how political processes and institutions are shaped by women and their perspectives.