2016 - 19th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

Where are the Women: An Analysis of Gender Disparity in Congress

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Chelsea McDonald, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Skybox

Abstract

Despite progress in many workplaces, only 20% of the current United States Congress is female. In order to understand why there are not more women in Congress, I will explore sexism in the workplace as experienced by the staffers on Capitol Hill. My study concludes that one of the reasons there are so few women in Congress is because of the perceptions of gender dynamics among the staffers who work for representatives. This study uses data from the gender makeup of staff positions and interviews with current and former U.S. staffers to analyze how women are deterred from seeking higher office and impacting the legislative process

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-5-2016 1:00 PM

End Date

4-5-2016 2:15 PM

Panel

Entrenched Attitudes and Efforts at Change

Panel Moderator

Lou Lombardi

Field of Study for Presentation

Politics, Sociology and Anthropology

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Where are the Women: An Analysis of Gender Disparity in Congress

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Despite progress in many workplaces, only 20% of the current United States Congress is female. In order to understand why there are not more women in Congress, I will explore sexism in the workplace as experienced by the staffers on Capitol Hill. My study concludes that one of the reasons there are so few women in Congress is because of the perceptions of gender dynamics among the staffers who work for representatives. This study uses data from the gender makeup of staff positions and interviews with current and former U.S. staffers to analyze how women are deterred from seeking higher office and impacting the legislative process