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What It Takes to Win: Questioning “Gender Neutral” Outcomes in U.S. House Elections

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 November 2013

Kathryn Pearson
University of Minnesota
Eric McGhee
Public Policy Institute of California


When women run for office, they win at the same rate as men. A significant body of research substantiating this claim has been touted by scholars and women's groups alike. “Gender neutral” outcomes, however, mask important sex differences in congressional candidacies. Indeed, extensive research has revealed a gender gap in political ambition: women are more hesitant to run for office and are more concerned about their credentials and viability than similarly situated men.

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Copyright © The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association 2013 

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