Leading by Example: Female Members of Parliament as Political Role Models

  title={Leading by Example: Female Members of Parliament as Political Role Models},
  author={Christina Wolbrecht and David E. Campbell},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
One argument advanced in favor of descriptive representation is that female politicians serve as role models, inspiring other women to political activity. While previous research finds female role models affect women's psychological engagement, few studies report an impact on women's active participation, and none have done so in cross-national research. Our work also is the first to consider whether the impact of female role models is, as the term implies, greater among the young. Using three… 

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