Voters don’t care how women in politics look

Of late, the press’s tendency to cover the style choices of women in politics has attracted a bit of controversy. …

We find that women don’t pay a higher price than men for coverage of their appearance. Unflattering coverage does hurt, but it lowers voters’ assessments of both men and women equally. Like other emerging political science research, we show that voters don’t hold women and men to different standards on the campaign trail. [cont.]

Danny Hayes (GWU) & Jennifer L. Lawless (AU), Washington Post