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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Uncovering the Origins of the Gender Gap in Political Ambition: Early Life Experiences, Political Socialization, and Candidat


Jennifer Lawless, Associate Professor, American University

Research on women’s candidate emergence identifies a substantial gender gap in political ambition that is well established by the time women and men enter the professions from which political candidates tend to emerge. More specifically, women are roughly one-third less likely than men—even when they are matched professionally, educationally, and politically—ever to have considered running for office. Yet no empirical research has examined thoroughly the origins of the gender gap in political ambition or the relationship between early socialization and interest in running for office. Based on a new national survey of 4,000 high school and college students, we identify the initial causes of the gender gap in political ambition, which is a prerequisite to closing it. Ultimately, our results speak to the gender dynamics of powerful socializing agents, and allow for an assessment of the likelihood that our political institutions will reach gender parity.

Lunch will be provided.

An RSVP is not required as this is an open event.

  • Location:
    WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman Building, Room 102
  • Date:
    Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Time:
    11:40 AM

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