Female Politicians Are Stereotyped, But Not as Women

Sarah Palin and Hillary Rodham Clinton are not similar people. The people they appeal to, the way they dress, what they believe about politics and policy, could not be further away from one another. … While male leaders are easily labeled “ambitious,” or “competitive,” female leaders evade a consistent stereotype. Clinton and Palin might be an extreme illustration of this idea, but recent research suggests it’s true of female politicians at large.

“Voters seem to be ambivalent towards female politicians and to have ill-defined ideas about what it means to be a female politician,” write political scientists Monica C. Schneider and Angela L. Bos, in the latest issue of the Journal Political Psychology. [cont.]

Brian Resnick, National Journal