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When Does Gender Matter?Women Candidates and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections$
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Kathleen Dolan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199968275

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199968275.001.0001

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Candidate Sex and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections

Candidate Sex and Gender Stereotypes in American Elections

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When Does Gender Matter?
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Kathleen Dolan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199968275.003.0001

This chapter introduces the reader to several questions surrounding the study of the impact of candidate sex on the success of women candidates. In thinking about women’s underrepresentation in elected office, scholars have examined different gendered aspects of our political system. Chief among these is the public’s reliance on gender stereotypes in evaluating women candidates. A significant body of research presents findings that suggest that stereotypes can be harmful to women’s chances at the ballot box. This chapter reviews these findings and argues for the need to examine the impact of candidate sex in a different light.

Keywords:   candidate sex, women candidates, women’s underrepresentation, gender stereotypes

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