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THE FINE PRINT: Working (Wo)Men: Why Voters Need to Step Up

AK headshot 1January 9, 2015

By Adrienne Kimmell, Executive Director
@AdrienneKimmell

Our political institutions are supposed to represent our population. In so many ways – gender, cultural, and age diversity; socioeconomic makeup – they don’t.

Even with some improvement this year, Congress looks more like a relic of our colonial past than anything like modern-day America. Men are less than half the population but 80 percent of Congress and 90 percent of governors.

There is, however, one real way politics reflects society: When women don’t make it to the top, we blame them. It’s true at work, in the office, and pretty much everywhere else. It’s especially true in politics.

Consider these facts: Voters hold women candidates to higher standards than they do men. They afford them a “virtue advantage” – the expectation is that women are inherently more honest and ethical – but quickly knock them off that pedestal if they slip-up. And when it comes to mistakes, women have little room to make them. If they have so much as a typo in an economic plan, it undercuts voters’ perceptions of both their qualifications and likeability.

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