Gendered Perceptions and Political Candidacies: A Central Barrier to Women's Equality in Electoral Politics

  title={Gendered Perceptions and Political Candidacies: A Central Barrier to Women's Equality in Electoral Politics},
  author={Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard Fox},
  journal={031 - Women and Politics Research},
Based on the second wave of the Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study, we provide the first thorough analysis of how gender affects women and men’s efficacy to run for office. Our findings reveal that, despite comparable credentials, backgrounds, and experiences, accomplished women are substantially less likely than similarly situated men to perceive themselves as qualified to seek office. Importantly, women and men rely on the same factors when evaluating themselves as candidates; but women… 

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