Place In Politics Girls Learn Early Interest

Women in the United States express less interest and are more likely to run for office than men. These disparities threaten democracy by distorting representation. Women account for 26.7% of Congress members and 31% of state legislators. Despite being 50.8% of the population, they make up only half of the country’s population.

These imbalances threaten the core values of representational democracy, such as fairness and inclusion. They lower the quality of political policies. Similar to the above, although women make up the majority in college, they are less likely to run for or win student government positions.

These gaps were studied extensively by our research team, based on research that suggests that the lack of representation is due to women being less interested in politics and less likely than men to run for office. Ready to Run and Emerge America address this issue by training women to run in public office and raising funds for them. We wondered, hat if political ambition and political interest start much earlier?

Drawings Can Help You Tell A Interest Story

Our goal was to find out if there are gender gaps in interest as early as elementary school. We interviewed more than 1,600 children from grades 1 through 6

Interviewing children about politics can be difficult. It is difficult to interview young children about politics. Many are unfamiliar with terms such as Congress and Supreme Court. So, we created the Draw A Politic Leader prompt.

We were inspire by the Draw a Scientist task, which focuses on research on gender gaps within STEM science technology engineering and math and asked children to draw a picture of a political leader. Asked the children to draw a picture of a leader and describe their characteristics.

We also asked the children about their interests in politics, their interest in various careers, and whether they would like to be elect as a politician when they grow up. These images and surveys are use to help us understand the learning process of children about politics and gender roles.

A third-grade boy created an image of Donald Trump. He wrote, He is giving a speech stating that we should imprison Hillry Clinton. We asked him: What are the typical activities of a leader on a daily basis? Go to cort, watch the news. He described the leader as a butthead. A 7-year old girl drawn the mayor. Talk talk talk isn’t doing anything else.

The World Of A Man

Elementary-aged children learn to recognize the differences between men and women as they observe their behavior in society. They also understand that different genders often hold certain roles in society such as firefighters or teachers.

This is also a time when children learn about politics. Lessons often focus on important events and leaders from U.S. History which almost exclusively focus on men but are also taught to them. This is because both learning about gender and about politics occur simultaneously, which helps children to understand that men dominate the political world.

Our research has shown that girls see political leadership more as a man’s world with age. We can show this by looking at drawings made by children of how they imagine political leaders.

Three quarters of boys can draw a man when they draw political leaders, and this is across all ages. Compared to boys, girls see politicians as men more often in elementary school. Our study shows that less than half of our youngest girls the first and second grades are drawn to women leaders. Only 25% of middle school girls are able to draw women.

Our research also shows that the probability of children Interest drawing a well-known political leader such as Trump or Barack Obama increases with age.