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Women of Talent: Gender and Government Appointments in Massachusetts, 2002–2007

By Carol Hardy-Fanta and Kacie Kelly

Abstract

Despite the high educational and occupational attainment—and considerable talent—of women in Massachusetts, the state ranks just 22nd in the nation on women\u27s overall share of top executive, legislative, and judicial posts, compared to their share of the population. The goals of this study were to (1) calculate the percentage of women holding senior-level positions in state government at these four points in time; (2) analyze the distribution of appointments by type of position and executive office; (3) provide possible explanations for the status of women’s representation in these positions; and (4) offer recommendations that will serve to promote the appointment of more talented women into positions of leadership in the Commonwealth

Topics: political representation, gender, government, politics, massachusetts, policy, Mitt Romney, Deval Patrick, Jane Swift, Massachusetts Government Appointments Project, MassGAP, American Politics, Economic Policy, Health Policy, Other Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration, Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation, Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Women\u27s Studies
Publisher: ScholarWorks at UMass Boston
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.umb.edu:cwppp_pubs-1001
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