Blaming Women or Blaming the System? Public Perceptions of Women’s Underrepresentation in Elected Office

  title={Blaming Women or Blaming the System? Public Perceptions of Women’s Underrepresentation in Elected Office},
  author={Kathleen Dolan and Michael A. Hansen},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={668 - 680}
While scholars understand some of the reasons for the underrepresentation of women in elected office in the United States, we know almost nothing about what the public sees as the explanation for this reality. We also know relatively little about the degree to which people see women’s underrepresentation as a problem. Drawing on blame attribution theories, we examine whether people believe that there are systematic or individual explanations for the number of women in elected office. As blame… 

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