Women have been running for the presidency since 1872. However, women continue to face barriers on their paths to public office. Here are some of hurdles women face:
The Confidence Gap
We know women need to be recruited to run. When men look in the mirror, they see someone up to the task of elected office, but many women still have trouble seeing that in themselves. Overcoming this disparity is key because voters immediately hone in on perceived weaknesses.
Moreover, there’s no reason for women to be reticent about their ability to run: when women run, women win in equal rates with men.
Parenting and Politics
Many people see a critical and unique role for a mother which cannot be replicated by anyone else, even a child’s father. Voters express concerns about the ability of women candidates and elected officials to balance the competing priorities of their families and constituents. In general, having younger children is more challenging for voters to accept than having older children. Voters recognize that moms face different expectations, but actively and consciously participate in this double standard.