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ERIC Number: EJ914535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1551-2169
Filling the Female Political Pipeline: Assessing a Mentor-Based Internship Program
Doherty, Leanne
Journal of Political Science Education, v7 n1 p34-47 2011
Many women are considered viable candidates to hold political office but choose not to run for various reasons. One of those reasons is that they do not see the characteristics in themselves that they determine necessary to be a successful politician. For the past five years, the Intern Fellowship Program at Simmons College has matched young women with female state legislators in Massachusetts. This article will discuss how this internship program has changed the perception of the women that participate in the program; they now see themselves as potential political players, both at the state and national level. Through interviews and quantitative assessment of alums, I will demonstrate that this type of mentoring internship program is a successful way to increase the number of women in the political pipeline because of their post-graduation job and graduate school choices that in turn continues them on the pathway to political office. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts