Women Avoiding Politics
Are women staying away for the wrong reasons?
By: Catherine Wright
According to research by the political scientists Richard Lawless and Jennifer Fox in their book, It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office, women are twice as likely to deem themselves “not at all qualified to run for office” even though the men and women polled had equal credentials. Only 25% of the women surveyed saw themselves as likely or very likely winners, compared to 37% of the men.
Despite the fact that women feel unqualified to lead, recent studies are suggesting that their leadership styles may be exactly what today’s political arena really lacks. The World Bank observed that there is less corruption and bribery in countries with high numbers of women in parliament. A study done by the University of California, San Diego, and the Wharton School concluded that women are ‘more trustworthy’ than men. It has also been recorded that women have a higher degree of tolerance and more “emotional inclination to hold onto hope when it comes to negotiating with former enemies.”
With so much evidence to suggest that women should be in office, it’s hard to believe more women have not taken the leap. Time will tell if Hillary Clinton’s run in this election will usher in a new era.
Tell us: Why do you think women stay away from political office?