Why women don't run for office

Academic Paper / Article

August 10, 2017

Why women don't run for office

Women represent 20 percent of Congress, 25 percent of state legislature seats and 12 percent of governorships. They hold 24 percent of statewide elected offices, such as attorney general and lieutenant governor. While women have proven that they can raise money and win elections at comparable, if not higher, rates than men, too few women run for office at all.

new survey, sponsored by POLITICO, American University and Loyola Marymount University, finds that President Donald Trump’s election has mobilized Democratic women to take political action. Democratic women are signing petitions and making donations at much higher rates than they did before the election. But the poll also shows that women in both parties remain significantly less likely than men to have thought about running for office—even after Trump’s victory.

Click here to read the full study published by POLITICO on 12 June 2017. 

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Janie Boschma
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