This studies findings suggest thatalthough gender bias for political candidates is decreasing, there is stillsignificant gender bias when it comes to the policies in which candidate’ssupport. These results could be a reflection of a study done by Kathleen Dolanet al., in 2010, where results revealed that people want to see women inelected office but still hold policy and trait stereotypes about women and men.Meaning that when it comes to policy, stereotypical male issues (such asforeign policy a federal budget and deficit) are deemed more important. We seethese results over and over again. Issues such as funding for plannedparenthood and gender equal pay initiatives are viewed as feminist issues thatpeople stray away from (Burn 2000).
Since a majority of women who run foroffice tend to be on the left of the political spectrum (Center for AmericanWomen in Politics), the likelihood of them supporting such issues tend to begreater. Resulting in less support for female related issues by voters. Given the current political climatethe results of this study make sense. In the aftermath of the past twoPresidential elections, voting for women is what we “should” be doing. Voter’swant to give off the appearance that they support gender equality in order toobtain social acceptance (Hayes et. al. 2014). In short, voting for a femalecandidate who does not support pro-female policy issues is the lesser of thetwo gender evils.
What this means is that people can feel good about voting fora woman, (because society is telling them that is what they should be doing)but are not willing to support females completely with policy issues. Oneexplanation for these findings could be that although participants feelcomfortable voting for a female candidate they are still apprehensivesupporting pro-female policies. Since issues such as funding for plannedparenthood and gender equal pay initiatives are hot button topics, people areless willing to make definitive decisions on about them (Dolan, 2010).