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ERIC Number: EJ883684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
Leadership, Gender, and Politics: Political Perceptions and Participation of Young Female Voters in a Presidential Primary
Banwart, Mary Christine; Winfrey, Kelly
Educational Considerations, v37 n1 p40-52 Fall 2009
The political arena, where historically women in the United States have been under-represented, provides an important laboratory for examining leadership and gender via the candidacy of now Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, who in 2008 was the first woman to run competitively for the Democratic presidential nomination. This study sought to better understand if young women differed in their levels of perceived information about and interest in such an election, and if such perceptions influenced their political knowledge, interest, and engagement. For this study, the authors drew from Campbell and Wolbrecht's theory of a "role model effect," which proposes that the presence of "visible female role models" increases the likelihood that young women will indicate higher levels of political involvement, which includes both attitudes toward politics and behaviors leading toward political engagement. (Contains 3 tables and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States