Researcher ORCID Identifier

Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Vanessa Tyson

Reader 2

Mark Golub

Rights Information

2020 Gabriella K Jacoby


This paper examines how the number of women in office affect access to reproductive care in the state they represent. By providing a 3-state comparative analysis, this paper answers the following questions: how do female representatives influence abortion laws and accessibility within their state? Does the number of women in elected leadership roles influence the abortion laws within a state? And do states with greater percentages of female representation provide more accessible and progressive abortion rights? I hypothesize that states with a higher number of female representatives have less restrictive abortion legislation and consequently will provide more accessible abortion care than states with a lower percentage of female representatives. Additionally, states with more women in leadership positions will provide more accessible abortion care.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.