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ERIC Number: ED167444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Games People Play: Perceptions of Women's Roles in Local Public Office.
Mezey, Susan Gluck
This study examines the role of women in local political office in Connecticut. It also investigates the proposition that attitudes toward women officeholders are affected by the number of women serving together on the local municipal council. Fifty female and 50 male politicians from towns and cities in Connecticut were interviewed. Perceptions of women's roles were divided into four categories: equal opportunity for women in public office, social integration of women politicians, personality differences between men and women politicians, and representation of a female constituency by women in public office. As expected, sex differences were evident on all four dimensions. For example, in terms of equal opportunity for women, men were far less likely than women to believe women were subjected to discriminatory treatment on the basis of sex. In terms of personality traits, women officials were regarded as "usually more idealistic" than men, and men were perceived to be "better suited emotionally" for political activities. Factor analysis of the responses showed that men's and women's attitudes were not correlated with the number of women serving together on the local political council. (AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (New York, New York, August 31-September 3, 1978)