Glass Ceiling March 31, 2010Posted by Dwight Furrow in Dwight Furrow's Posts, Philosophy of Gender, politics.
Tags: women in politics
A recent study explains why there are vastly fewer women than men in politics—they are less likely to be recruited.
Highly qualified and politically well-connected women from both major political parties are less likely than similarly situated men to be recruited to run for public office by all types of political actors. They are less likely than men to be recruited intensely. And they are less likely than men to be recruited by multiple sources. Although we paint a picture of a political recruitment process that seems to suppress women’s inclusion, we also offer the first evidence of the significant headway women’s organizations are making in their efforts to mitigate the recruitment gap, especially among Democrats. These findings are critically important because women’s recruitment disadvantage depresses their political ambition and ultimately hinders their emergence as candidates.
There is little evidence that women are less able or less likely to win elections. It makes little sense to leave talent on the sidelines.
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