When Does Gender Matter?: Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections

Hardcover | September 15, 2014

byKathleen Dolan

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As the number of women candidates for office in the U.S. increases each election cycle, scholars are confronted with questions about the impact of their sex on their chances for success. Chief among these questions involves the influence of gender stereotypes on the decisions voters make inelections in which women run against men. While previous research has claimed that gender stereotypes undermine women's chances of success, Kathleen Dolan, through an original national survey of over 3000 adults, turns this conventional wisdom on its head. She demonstrates that voters do hold gendered attitudes, both positive and negative, about women candidates, but that these attitudes are not related to the political decisions they make. Instead, in deciding for whom to vote, people are influenced by traditional political forces, like politicalparty and incumbency, regardless of the sex of the candidates. In the end, When Does Gender Matter? shows that women candidates win as often as do men and that partisan concerns trump gender every time.

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As the number of women candidates for office in the U.S. increases each election cycle, scholars are confronted with questions about the impact of their sex on their chances for success. Chief among these questions involves the influence of gender stereotypes on the decisions voters make inelections in which women run against men. Whil...

Kathleen Dolan is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of Figures and Tables1. Candidate Sex and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections2. Studying Gender Stereotypes and Women Candidates3. Attitudes, Stereotypes, and Support for Women Candidates4. Do Stereotypes Shape Evaluations of Candidates?5. The Role of Stereotypes in Vote Choice Decisions6. Stereotypes in Other Places? Candidate Quality and Issue Campaigns7. The Landscape for Women CandidatesAppendix A - Candidate ListsAppendix B - Variable ConstructionAppendix C - Campaign Ads and WebsitesAppendix D - Survey InstrumentAppendix E - Additional Vote Choice AnalysisNotesBibliographyIndex