Date of Award

5-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Johnny L. Wilson

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which political socialization agents influence the role that women participate in the American Political Process. These agents include the family, the school, peer groups, religious institutions, the mass media, and occupation class and status. In addition, to determine to what degree have women participated in the American Political Process. In an attempt to fulfill these purposes, the political activity of Trailblazers in the American Political System was examined, and compared to current female electives. Also, the traditional views of women, beginning from the late 1960s to the present were examined, to determine if ideal societal roles of women have changed.

Other procedures used included the use of secondary data derived from the U.S Census reports from the late 1960's to the present. Additional data were taken from the U.S. Board of Elections, the Internet and the 1996 Political Attitudes Survey conducted by the Department of Political Science at Clark Atlanta University.

The results revealed different value systems in society and how they have changed over time. Although women are still far from being equal to that of men, great improvement has been made. Today, women continue to out number men at the polls and are increasingly being elected to political positions. Results also revealed that women were politically active within their, communities, churches, etc, long before gaining the franchise. They were campaign organizers, in attendance at rallies, active demonstrators and even rebellion leaders. Unfortunately, they were not given notoriety for their activism, and consequently, appeared to be less mobile than they truly were.

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