Gender, Presidential Elections and Public Policy: Making Women’s Votes Matter By: Barbara C. Burnell, Nothern Illinois University This article explores the importance of women’s votes in presidential election campaigns and their impact on public policy. Burnell argues that women have become a political force as they are now exceeding men in their voting numbers and turnout rate. Women now influence the electoral college and in the end, public policy. Below, we outline a number of highlights from the article. • “gender gap”: consists of differences between men and women in their opinions regarding political issues, public officials and candidates for office and differences in their voting choices. • “politics of gender”: composed of issues and the framing of issues in particular ways that appeal to women and on which women have distinctive perspectives or that they approach in distinctive ways. For example, women are generally: less militaristic, opposed to the death penalty, favour gun control, favour environmental protection,
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