Too feminine to be a leader? Systematic implicit biases against women politicians

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Abstract / Description of output

The political presence of women has advanced over the last few decades, albeit slowly. However, women are still less likely to run or be recruited for political candidacy. Women, even when elected, are also held to different standards from their male counterparts. Drawing from extant scholarship on stereotypes and implicit biases, this chapter evaluates the impact of stereotyping women, especially women with multiple marginalized identities, as a systematic barrier for parity in political institutions. It argues that gender norms must be eliminated in order to improve the status and influence of women in positions of political leadership. It also offers policy recommenddations for providing a space for women in political institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen, Power, and Political Representation
Subtitle of host publicationCanadian and Comparative Perspectives
EditorsRosemarijn de Geus, Erin Tolley, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Peter John Loewen
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Pages149 - 155
ISBN (Electronic)9781487536466, 9781487536459
ISBN (Print)9781487525200, 9781487507541
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


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