Male Allyship in the 115th Congress: An Analysis of Male Lawmakers' Sponsorship of Gender Equity Legislation
This paper analyzes the sponsorship behavior of male lawmakers introducing legislation promoting gender equality during the 115th Congress (2017-2018). To discuss this topic, I first synthesize feminist theory, types of representation in Congress, the history of allyship, and the status quo gender composition of Congress to operationalize what constitutes "gender equity legislation". Then, using publicly-available data in the Congressional Record, I perform regression analysis on lawmaker characteristics and sponsorship to find lawmaker characteristics correlated with allyship. Further, I highlight examples of how male allies in Congress utilize political communication strategy to discuss gender issues.
Sorbe, Josh, "Male Allyship in the 115th Congress: An Analysis of Male Lawmakers' Sponsorship of Gender Equity Legislation" (2020). IdeaFest. 210.