Chapter 10 - The Gendered of Politics and the Politics of Gender

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The Gendered of Politics and the Politics of Gender Chapter 10 “The flip side of believing that women’s ‘natural’ femininity disqualifies them from political office is the equally pervasive stereotype that only the manliest of men are qualified to hold such office” - The Gender of Politics o Women as heads of state The U.S. lags behind the rest of the world o Prejudice: attitudes that women are not suited for positions of power o Socialization: women taught to be demure o Structural: work-family balance more difficult for women 86% of women legislators have no school-aged children o Networks and money are key - The Gender Gap in Voting o Women are more likely to register and vote Democrat o Reflects increased independence of women o Overall, women tend to hold more liberal attitudes o Women tend to hold more “progressive” beliefs about same-sex marriage, poverty, women’s rights and access to birth control, and so on - The Masculinity of Politics o Masculine traits of President Paternal and rational?

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