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Gender stereotypes mean that voters look for more information on women candidates’ competence than they do for men

Ditonto, Tessa, Hamilton, Allison and Redlawsk, David (2013) Gender stereotypes mean that voters look for more information on women candidates’ competence than they do for men. LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog (26 Sep 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Women are still massively underrepresented in public office, with less than a quarter of the House and Senate made up by women. But what role do gender stereotypes play in voters’ consideration of female candidates? Using experimental studies, Tessa Ditonto, Allison Hamilton and David Redlawsk tested what information about candidates voters searched for during presidential campaigns. They found that not only do voters, especially Republicans, look for more information about a woman’s qualifications and competence for office they also look for more information about their handling of ‘compassion issues’ – issues that have been traditionally identified with women.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 LSE USAPP; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 09:19
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 14:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57175

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