Women in Politics in the American City

Holman, Mirya R. 2015. Women in Politics in the American City. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

How do female municipal leaders influence policymaking in American cities? Can gender determine who gets a say in local politics or what programs cities fund? These are some of the questions raised and answered in Mirya Holman's provocative Women in Politics in the American City.

This book provides the first comprehensive evaluation of the influence of gender on the behavior of mayors and city council members in the United States. Holman considers the effects of gender in local, urban politics and analyzes how a leader's gender does-and does not-influence policy preferences, processes, behavior, and outcomes.

The book can be found at Temple University Press or on

Good Reasons to Run

Shames, Shauna, Rachel Bernhard, Mirya R. Holman, and Dawn Teele. 2020. Good Reasons to Run. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

After the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, a large cohort of women emerged to run for office. Their efforts changed the landscape of candidates and representation. However, women are still far less likely than men to seek elective office, and face biases and obstacles in campaigns.

In this edited volume, Shauna Shames, Rachel Bernhard, Dawn Teele and I assembled a wide set of contributors to consider the reasons why women run—and do not run—for political office.

The essays in Good Reasons to Run ask not just who wants to run, but how to activate and encourage such ambition among a larger population of potential female candidates while also increasing the diversity of women running for office.

The book can be purchased from Temple University Press, Amazon, or Powells