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It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office

It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don't Run for Office

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Jennifer L. Lawless
Cambridge University Press, 12/1/2005
EAN 9780521674140, ISBN10: 052167414X

Paperback, 220 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm
Language: English

It Takes a Candidate serves as the first systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition. Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Study, a national survey conducted on almost 3,800 'potential candidates', we find that women, even in the highest tiers of professional accomplishment, are substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elected office. Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. They are less likely than men to think they are 'qualified' to run for office. And they are less likely than men to express a willingness to run for office in the future. This gender gap in political ambition persists across generations. Despite cultural evolution and society's changing attitudes toward women in politics, running for public office remains a much less attractive and feasible endeavor for women than men.

1. Electoral politics
still a man's world?
2. Explaining women's emergence in the political arena
3. The gender gap in political ambition
4. Barefoot, pregnant and holding a law degree
family dynamics and running for office
5. Gender, party and political recruitment
6. 'I'm just not qualified'
gender self-perceptions of candidate viability
7. Taking the plunge
deciding to run for office
8. Gender and the future of electoral politics.