Myths and realities of female-perpetrated terrorism.

  title={Myths and realities of female-perpetrated terrorism.},
  author={Karen Jacques and Paul J. Taylor},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  volume={37 1},
The authors examined the backgrounds and social experiences of female terrorists to test conflicting accounts of the etiology of this offending group. Data on 222 female terrorists and 269 male terrorists were examined across 8 variables: age at first involvement, educational achievement, employment status, immigration status, marital status, religious conversion, criminal activity, and activist connections. The majority of female terrorists were found to be single, young (<35 years old… 

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