Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022)

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May 9, 2022

Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022)

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Shared hurdles: How political races change when two women compete (2022) - Barbara Lee Foundation

With more and more women running for office, races between women candidates will become the norm — not a novelty. Shared Hurdles reveals how candidates’ race, political party, and gender interact to influence voter opinion when more than one woman is on the ballot.

Research on gender dynamics in politics has seldom studied races between two women candidates. This research helps to fill that gap — and give women the tools they need to resonate with voters in races against other women. Shared Hurdles shows that in an election between two women candidates, gender biases are still prevalent, and voters hold both women to a higher standard than they hold male candidates. Shared Hurdles is a timely update on how gender shapes politics, and it provides a framework for women candidates who are campaigning against other women.

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Barbara Lee Foundation
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2022
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