In years past, women could not hold government positions because there were laws against it and they were looked upon as unequal to men. Nowadays, what is holding women back? There are not any laws against it, but women still serve a different role and stereotype than men in society.
In his post, Dove Ideology, P. Kerim Friedman mentions how if a woman candidate’s appearance is discussed, than it removes her from the political world and puts her into a beauty pageant. It does not matter if she is beautiful or ugly. Why should a woman’s look matter if she is running for a political position? Our country focuses more on if beautiful women are running our country than smart and talented ones.
A factor that ties into this would be masculinity. Right now politics is mostly dominated by men. They could feel emasculated if a woman beat them in an election because…
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