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From Suffrage to Representation: Women upon Enfranchisement in Norway, United States and Chile

How did women achieve representation of collective interests upon their entry to the electorate? Extant research highlights the importance of suffragists in securing the vote, but overwhelmingly neglects the continued legacy of suffragists for the quality of women's substantive representation after the vote. Uncovering the complexities in the realization of women's substantive representation after suffrage, I document how suffragists facilitated women's mobilization and responsiveness to women's group interests in Norway, United States and Chile. Newly enfranchised women faced a plethora of logistic, social and political barriers to voting, and the socio-economic heterogeneities within the group further impeded the development of women as a distinct political group. Yet a disengaged electorate with latently distinct preferences would hardly stand a chance of being represented by politicians. Through the analysis of original micro-level data on suffragists' arguments, activities, women's turnout, newspaper ads and politicians' legislative votes, I document how suffragists, operating within favourable electoral contexs, facilitated the development of newly enfranchised women as political beings and a distinct political group that politicians could no longer ignore in elections and the legislature.

[Book Outline


Morgan-Collins, Mona. 2024. How Gap Measures Determine Results: The Case of Proportional Systems and the Gender Mobilization Gap, British Journal of Political Science.

Funded by ESRC grant


Morgan-Collins, Mona. 2024. Bringing in the New Votes: Turnout of Women after Enfranchisement, American Political Science Review.

Funded by ESRC grant

Featured in Broadstreet blog, April 2022.


Morgan-Collins, Mona (first author) & Grace Natusch (2022). At the Intersection of Gender and Class: How Were Newly Enfranchised Women Voters Mobilized in Sweden? Comparative Political Studies.


Morgan-Collins, Mona. 2021. The Electoral Impact of Newly Enfranchised Groups: The Case of Women's Suffrage in the United States. The Journal of Politics.

Featured in LSE USAPP blog, March 2021

Morgan-Collins, Mona (first author) & Jan Meyer-Sahling. 2020. Stepping out of the Shadow of the Past: How Career Attributes Shape Ministerial Stability in Post-Communist Democracies. East European Politics.

Funded by Small Research Grant, British Academy


Suffrage, Turnout and the Household: How Marriage Mobilized Newly Enfranchised Wives and their Husbands in Urban Sweden.

(with Dylan Potts, graduate student, EUI); Revise and Resubmit, Journal of Politics

Becoming Political: How Marching Suffragists Facilitated Women's Electoral Participation in England.

(with Valeria Rueda, University of Nottingham)

CEPR working paper

Funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, £9,987

Funded by ESRC grant


Revisiting the Gender Voting Gap in the Era of Women's Suffrage 

(with Dawn L. Teele, University of Pennsylvania)

Recipient of the APSA Best Paper Award 2017, Women and Politics Section

[Abstract] [Working Paper]


Work, Votes and Women: Reassessment of the Employment-Turnout nexus after Suffrage in Sweden

(with Dylan Potts, graduate student, EUI)

War and Women: Political Legacies of Sexual Violence in the Soviet Zone 

(with Ulrike Theuerkauf, UEA) 

Funded by APSA Small Research Grant, $1,500

Protesting for the Vote:  How Suffragists secured the vote in the U.S.

Church or Labour? How Were Newly Enfranchised Women Voters Mobilized in Austria? 



What Can the History of Women's Suffrage Teach Us About Women in Politics Today?, FUTURUM, 2023

Bringing in the New Votes: Turnout of Women after Enfranchisement, Broadstreet blog, 2022

For American Suffragists, Winning the Right to Vote was just a Start in Securing Greater Representation for Women, LSE USAPP blog, 2021

The Electoral Impact of Women’s Suffrage: The Case of the Nineteenth Amendment, Comparative Politics Newsletter, APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter, Spring 2017.

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