Why Voters Prefer Female Candidates (The Atlantic)


As political scouts begin recruiting candidates for the next cycle of elections, they will be on the look out for well-qualified women, reports The Atlantic. Voters, the article notes, “tend to assume women are more trustworthy, less corruptible, and more in touch with everyday concerns.”

While voters are just as likely to support a female candidate as a male candidate, in order for more women to be elected, more women need to run, says Professor Deborah Jordan Brooks, an associate professor of government and the author of He Runs, She Runs: Why Gender Stereotypes Do Not Harm Women Candidates.

“That old conventional wisdom that women are at a disadvantage really needs to be debunked if we’re going to fix the pipeline problem.”

Read the full story, published 4/24/13 by The Atlantic.

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