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dc.contributor.advisorMackenzie, C. Alfred
dc.contributor.authorCooper, Danielle
dc.contributor.otherBaylor University.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-08T17:13:32Z
dc.date.available2016-08-08T17:13:32Z
dc.date.copyright2016-05-11
dc.date.issued2016-08-08
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2104/9685
dc.description.abstractThe main aim of this paper is to examine the underrepresentation of women in United States elected office and then to propose a psychological explanation for this phenomenon. To do so, I discuss potential disadvantages that women face in running for office. Then, I analyze recent gender trends within American government. From there, I evaluate different factors that may influence a woman’s desire to run for office. I qualify two existing explanations for women’s underrepresentation, the political ambition gap theory and leadership ambition gap theory, by proposing the concept of a “leadership valuation gap.” After establishing this notion, I investigate its effects on the current American political system. Finally, I discuss public policy initiatives that could address the leadership valuation gap, providing real-world accounts from female American politicians and data from a survey that I conducted.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.rightsBaylor University projects are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact libraryquestions@baylor.edu for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.subjectPolitical Scienceen_US
dc.subjectLeadershipen_US
dc.subjectGender Studiesen_US
dc.titleWhy Aren't Women Running? Addressing the Underrepresentation of Female American Politicians Through the Leadership Valuation Gapen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.rights.accessrightsWorldwide accessen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity Scholars.en_US
dc.contributor.schoolsHonors College.en_US


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