Polit Behav https://doi.org/10.1007/s11109-018-9471-7 ORIGINAL PAPER Gender Stereotypes and the Policy Priorities of Women in Congress 1 1 Mary Layton Atkinson Jason Harold Windett Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Scholars ﬁnd that women who run for Congress are just as likely to win as men are, yet women face considerable challenges related to their sex on the cam- paign trail. Women are more likely to face challengers than men are, the challengers they face are typically more qualiﬁed, and gender stereotypes paint women as less able to handle important issues like defense and foreign affairs. We examine how women succeed in the face of these obstacle, arguing that women are successful, in part, because they craft large, diverse legislative agendas that include bills on a mix of topics. These topics include district interests, women’s interests, and the mas- culine issues on which women are disadvantaged. We believe this balancing strategy allows women to develop reputations for competence on a wide range of issues, which in turn, helps them deter electoral challengers. We test our hypotheses by analyzing a comprehensive database of all bills introduced in the U.S. House between 1963 and 2009. We ﬁnd that
Political Behavior – Springer Journals
Published: May 31, 2018
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