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Sanbonmatsu's research interests include gender, race/ethnicity, parties, public opinion, state politics, and campaign finance. Her most recent book, coauthored with Kelly Dittmar and Susan J. Carroll, is A Seat at the Table: Congresswomen's Perspectives on Why Their Presence Matters (Oxford University Press, 2018). Sanbonmatsu is the coauthor of multiple CAWP reports including Money Matters in the Fifty States (2021).
The Quest for Women's Votes in Election 2012
Women's Pathways to America's State Legislatures
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Examines individual contributions to gubernatorial candidates in order to better understand women’s candidacies as well as women’s donation patterns. Discusses most popular attention to gender and political behavior and how it is devoted to the gender gap in voting.
Includes unprecedented insights from over three-quarters of the women serving in the 114th Congress. Examines the interactions of gender with race/ethnicity, party, geography, and other factors shaping legislative behavior. Makes a strong case for why women's representation matters in Congress and, more generally, in American politics.
Compares the pathways that women and men take to the legislatures. Among its findings, the report argues that more women can run because the pool of women eligible to hold state legislative office is larger than is commonly believed. The report also shows that women state legislators were more likely than men to have been recruited, suggesting that women do not need to have longstanding political ambition before becoming candidates and winning election.