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From Suffrage to Representation: Women upon Enfranchisement

How did women achieve de facto representation of shared interests upon de jure entry to the electorate? Uncovering the complexities in the realization of women’s representation after suffrage, this book documents how social movements facilitate political responsiveness to newly enfranchised groups in three distinct countries: U.S, Norway and Chile. Newly enfranchised women faced a plethora of logistic, social and political barriers to voting, and the socio-economic, racial and par- tisan 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’ character, strength and activities, women’s voting behavior, party manifestos and politicians’ legislative behavior, this book documents how newly enfranchised women overcame barriers to representation and become a distinct, politically salient group that politicians could not ignore. Providing ample qualitative and quantitative evidence, the book demonstrates how suffragists prompted the development of women as electorally salient group through defining women’s agenda, raising women’s consciousness and facilitating women’s mobilization. Mapping the pathways from suffrage to representation, this book challenges dominant accounts in political science that assume a near ‘automatic’ link between suffrage and substantive representation and offers an explanation for why women’s shared interests are sometimes not represented in legislatures or not sustained over time.

[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]


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

Suffrage, Turnout and the Household: The Case of Early Women Voters in Sweden.

(with Dylan Potts, graduate student, EUI)

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) and Hanna Folsz, graduate student (Stanford)

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.

(with Sarah Liu, University of Edinburgh)

Church or Labour? How Were Early Women Voters Mobilized in Austria? 

Role Model Effects in the Past: The First Women Politicians in Sweden.

(with Jeong Kim, Louisiana State University)




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

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

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

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