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Self-Perceptions or Societal Perceptions? Women, Candidacy, and Perceptions of Qualification

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The gender disparity in political office is most often explained by the social eligibility pool hypothesis, which purports that the number of women in the political realm will increase as women infiltrate the ‘pipeline professions.’ However, recent scholarship asserts that women and men in seemingly equitable professional and social positions do not perceive themselves as equally qualified to run for political office. Specifically, women view themselves as less qualified than their male counterparts. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether others view male and female potential candidates within this differential framework as well. Moreover, this study will investigate how gender and perceptions of qualification interact with a potential candidate’s occupation and family context. Lastly, I will explore how gender stereotypes may impact the level of office for which a candidate is considered eligible. I use an experiment with over 500 subjects in order to isolate the impact that the gender of a potential candidate has on perceptions of qualifications.
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Wittmer, Dana. "Self-Perceptions or Societal Perceptions? Women, Candidacy, and Perceptions of Qualification" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA, Jan 09, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p212739_index.html>

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Wittmer, D. , 2008-01-09 "Self-Perceptions or Societal Perceptions? Women, Candidacy, and Perceptions of Qualification" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, Hotel Intercontinental, New Orleans, LA <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p212739_index.html

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Abstract: The gender disparity in political office is most often explained by the social eligibility pool hypothesis, which purports that the number of women in the political realm will increase as women infiltrate the ‘pipeline professions.’ However, recent scholarship asserts that women and men in seemingly equitable professional and social positions do not perceive themselves as equally qualified to run for political office. Specifically, women view themselves as less qualified than their male counterparts. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether others view male and female potential candidates within this differential framework as well. Moreover, this study will investigate how gender and perceptions of qualification interact with a potential candidate’s occupation and family context. Lastly, I will explore how gender stereotypes may impact the level of office for which a candidate is considered eligible. I use an experiment with over 500 subjects in order to isolate the impact that the gender of a potential candidate has on perceptions of qualifications.

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