Class Year

2016

Date

4-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Distinguished Thesis

Yes

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Politics

Second Department or Program

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Todd Beer

Second Advisor

Evan Oxman

Third Advisor

Holly Swyers

Fourth Advisor

Michael Hartney

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 them. 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.


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