Mendelberg Discusses Book in Boston Review: Are Women the Silent Sex?

April 11, 2016

Boston Review features a discussion of Mendelberg and Karpowitz's The Silent Sex (2014), including highlights of their work on how women's voices may be heard in deliberative settings such as classrooms, board meetings, and in our government.

"Guaranteeing equal, uninterrupted floor time would have preempted the majority-male takedown of Cecile Richards. Signaling respect would encourage lone women like Madeline Albright to speak. Recognizing that the critical mass is in fact a supermajority would hasten the urgency to raise women’s numbers higher. Until supermajorities become realistic, inclusive procedures can create gender egalitarian norms that empower women even when they are few. Over time, such norms may encourage all women to achieve full citizenship."

Tali Mendelberg is a CSDP faculty associate and professor of politics at Princeton University; Christopher Karpowitz (PhD Princeton 2006) is associate professor of political science at Brigham Young University. Professors Mendelberg and Karpowitz are co-cuthors of The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (Princeton University Press 2014).