Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-14-2015

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


In recent years, the number of women holding a higher political position is rising; additionally, more and more women are running for office. Furthermore, female politicians are increasingly being elected as the head of nations globally. Although the number of women in the government is increasing, they are still underrepresented politically compared to men and are still facing obstacles while running for office. The United States is one of the strongest countries around the world, with a successful democracy for hundreds of years. The country emphasizes liberty and equality; however, the United States has not yet had a female president. Scholars have wondered why the country has not yet elected a female president, and why the participation rate of women in office is still underrepresented. The present study relying on the 2012 American National Election Studies (ANES) explores the factors that influence the voting decision and public’s view toward women candidates. These factors include gender stereotypes and party affiliation. This study’s objective is to explore the predictors of support for a female president. Based on this information, I predicted that the U.S. citizens would not elect a female president within the next 20 years.


Presented at the Spring 2015 Student Research Day at Chapman University.