Women less likely to have political ambition: Book from 2010

Thanks to Ryan Beckwith, formerly of the N&O, for a tweet about women in politics.

Here is a blurb on the book by Jennifer Lawless based on surveys in 2000 and 2008 on gender differences in political ambition. From Amazon.com:

It Still Takes A Candidate
serves as the only systematic, nationwide empirical account of the manner in which gender affects political ambition.

Based on data from the Citizen Political Ambition Panel Study, a national survey conducted of almost 3,800 "potential candidates" in 2001 and a second survey of more than 2,000 of these same individuals in 2008, Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox find that women, even in the highest tiers of professional accomplishment, are substantially less likely than men to demonstrate ambition to seek elective office.

Women are less likely than men to be recruited to run for office. They are less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office. And they are less likely than men to express a willingness to run for office in the future.

This gender gap in political ambition persists across generations and over time. Despite cultural evolution and society's changing attitudes toward women in politics, running for public office remains a much less attractive and feasible endeavor for women than men.


Women running for office

They have a much harder time getting financial support.


Women candidates and fundraising

Perhaps. I have heard that, but has the idea been tested by research? I will look into that.

Want to share more about your campaign, I saw your web site and it is well done.

I invite you to check out the NC Women's Political Caucus Facebook page and to post there, too.

Martha Brock

Women running for office

Thanks for the suggestion. I will follow it up.


Obama: ‘Congress Would Get More Done If There Were More Women’

From the site for ThinkProgress today:

President Obama spoke at a forum on women and the economy today, following the White House release of a 65-page report (PDF) on the same topic this morning.

In a speech that played on the public arguments about a GOP’s “war on women,” the President took the opportunity to argue in front of the largely-female audience that Congress would be more productive if there were more women legislators.

The article has charts that illustrate the small percentage of women currently serving in US Congress as well as a clip of Obama speaking to women today at the White House.

Martha Brock