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When Does Gender Matter? – Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections - Oxford Scholarship Online
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When Does Gender Matter?: Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections

Kathleen Dolan


As the number of women candidates for office in the United States increases each election cycle, scholars are confronted with questions about the impact of their sex on their chances of success. Chief among these questions is the influence of gender stereotypes on the decisions voters make in elections in which women run against men. Employing data from an original survey of 3,150 U.S. adults, this book confronts scholarly concerns that gender stereotypes work to undermine women’s chances of success. Challenging the conventional wisdom, these data demonstrate that voters do not rely heavily on ... More

Keywords: women candidates, gender stereotypes, candidate sex, voting for women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199968275
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199968275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathleen Dolan, author
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee