I’m trying to learn for my Psychology class and I’m stuck. Can you help?
Why are males prominent in politics?
Researcher’s Jennifer Lawless and Richard Fox identified several barriers that are keeping women from being more prominent in politics (2012). Many barriers include women’s perceptions of difficulty being elected including, women being much more likely than men to perceive the political environment as biased and competitive, and women thinking they are less likely qualified then men to run for election. Other barriers include social aspects such as women being less likely to receive suggestion from others to run from office, and women still being held culturally responsible for child care and taking care of the home.
Describe some of the leadership roles women have played in different societies.
The main leadership role I think of a women having in a society is being a queen of that society. The United Kingdom has had some of the most well known queens throughout the world including Queen Elizabeth I and the current Queen Elizabeth II.
What might explain women’s greater access to leadership roles in some societies than in others?
There are various things that might affect a women’s access to leadership in certain societies, but in the case of the United Kingdom, the monarchy system allows a women to be a ruler by birth right. Referring back to the research conducted by Lawless and Fox, it can be inferred that societies with cultures that remove or lack the psychological and social barriers that impede U.S. women from participating in politics, would have more women in leadership positions.
Lawless, J. L., & Fox, R. L. (2012). Men Rule: The continued under-representation of women in U.S. politics.