This project examines the role of social movements in influencing women to run for office. It draws on scholarly literature on both social movements and candidate mergence, forwarding an integrative theory that combines the two. The research also includes interviews with women in office, running for office, and female activists who are politically engaged. These interviews are used to test the theory by examining how and whether involvement in social movements encouraged women to run for office. This empirical evidence offers important conclusions about the factors that motivate women to run and provides an important foundation for the future research on the topic.
Politics & International Relations