Women comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the candidate pool for elective office in the United States. Public opinion surveys profess strong support for female candidates, yet many of these same candidates still encounter skepticism (at best) or hostility (at worst) from the public. The role of candidate gender in elections is a complex one.
Voters and Women Candidates -- A Brief History of Women in U.S. Elections -- Evaluations of Women Candidates -- Who Votes for Women Candidates? Voter Demographics -- Why Vote for Women Candidates? The Role of Issues -- The Role of the Electoral Environment -- Conclusions: The Role of Candidate Sex in American Elections