What it takes to win: Questioning gender neutral outcomes in U.S. house elections

Kathryn L Pearson, Eric McGhee

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Abstract

When women run for office, they win at the same rate as men. A significant body of research substantiating this claim has been touted by scholars and women's groups alike. Gender neutral outcomes, however, mask important sex differences in congressional candidacies. Indeed, extensive research has revealed a gender gap in political ambition: women are more hesitant to run for office and are more concerned about their credentials and viability than similarly situated men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-462
Number of pages24
JournalPolitics and Gender
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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