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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. 2023. Bringing in the New Votes: Turnout of Women after Enfranchisement  (conditionally accepted), American Political Science Review

Featured in Broadstreet blog, April 2022.

[Abstract[Working Paper[Appendix]


Morgan-Collins, Mona (first author) & Grace Natusch (2021). At the Intersection of Gender and Class: How Were Newly Enfranchised Women Voters Mobilized in Sweden? Comparative Political Studies.

Awarded REF Enhancement Grant, Durham University

[Abstract] [Paper] [Appendix]


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

Featured by LSE Research highlights, accompanied by a video interview.

Featured in APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter, Spring 2017.

[Abstract] [Paper] [Appendix

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.

Awarded Small Research Grant, British Academy

[Abstract] [Paper] [Appendix]


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

(with Dylan Potts, graduate student, EUI)


Marching for Women: The Mobilization of Early Women Votes by Suffragists in the U.K.

(with Valeria Rueda, University of Nottingham)

Awarded Early Career Flexigrant, University of Nottingham, £5,000

Awarded BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, £9,987

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

(with Dawn L. Teele, University of Pennsylvania)

Awarded Research Internship Grant, Department of Government, LSE

Awarded URF Research Grant, University of Pennsylvania

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

[Abstract] [Working Paper]

Votes for and by Women: How Did Women Vote after the Nineteenth Amendment?

Listen to a podcast where I discuss some of this research (with James Snyder)

PSPE LSE working paper

Universal Suffrage and the Support for Parties with Redistributive Agendas: Evidence from 17 Western Countries 

The Political Impact of Women's Suffrage in Chile and Argentina

(with Dawn Teele, UPenn; Guadalupe Tunon, Berkeley; Anna Callis, Berkeley)


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

(with Ulrike Theuerkauf, UEA) 

Awarded DEVCo Research Grant, University of East Anglia, £4,962

Awarded APSA Small Research Grant, $1,500

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

Church or Labour? How Were Early 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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