Female politicians spur female politicians

May 03, 2006

U.S. researchers say they've determined the presence of female politicians inspires political interest and activism among young women.

David Campbell, an assistant professor of political science, and Christina Wolbrecht, an associate professor of political science, both at the University of Notre Dame say the more women politicians become visible in the media, the more likely young women will develop an interest in becoming politically active.

Campbell and Wolbrecht also report adolescents' interest is heightened by viable female candidates campaigning for high-profile offices. It is not a matter of the number of women holding or running for office, but their visibility.

"A highly visible woman politician in the future -- perhaps even as the top of a major party presidential ticket -- has the potential to generate significant interest in political activity," the authors state.

"Visible female candidates trigger conversations about politics between parents and their adolescent daughters, familiarizing girls with the political world and leading them to envision themselves as participants in politics," say Campbell and Wolbrecht.

The study is detailed in the May issue of The Journal of Politics.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: The 'fifth taste,' umami, could be beneficial for health

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Video game world tensions erupt in 'GamerGate'

Nov 07, 2014

The horrific misogynistic abuse of female figures within the video game industry has triggered debate over whether women are being accepted as equal partners in the sector.

Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

Oct 31, 2014

Online and social media's capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate?

Recommended for you

The 'fifth taste,' umami, could be beneficial for health

3 hours ago

The umami taste could have an important and beneficial role in health, according to research published in the open access journal Flavour. The journal's special series of articles 'The Science of Taste' also finds that ' ...

Ebola mistakes should serve a lesson says WHO

10 hours ago

The World Health Organization's chief admitted on Sunday that the UN agency had been caught napping on Ebola, saying it should serve as a lesson to avoid similar mistakes in future.

British Ebola nurse discharged from hospital

17 hours ago

A British nurse who contracted Ebola while working as a volunteer in Sierra Leone said she was "happy to be alive" as she was discharged from hospital on Saturday having made a full recovery.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.