Over 130 women have made a run for the presidency in the U.S., and twelve women have made serious national bids, but barriers to a female presidency remain high. With an historic number of women running in the 2020 race, it’s especially important to call out anti-democratic gender bias in press coverage and public discourse.
Here is a list of ten verified biases against women presidential candidates to watch out for this campaign season:
- People prefer male leaders over female leaders.
- 13% of Americans are “angry or upset” at the idea of electing a woman president.
- People punish angry female leaders, but not angry male leaders.
- One-in-five Democratic and Independent voters think women are less effective in politics than men.
- Voters see female presidential candidates as more flawed than male presidential candidates.
- Female candidates receive less media coverage than male candidates.
- Female candidates receive more negative media coverage than male candidates.
- Female candidates have to be likeable; a standard we don’t apply to male candidates.
- Men interrupt other candidates during debates, while women mostly wait their turn.
- Once elected, female leaders are evaluated more harshly than male presidents.
Take Action! Join our #Sexism2020 campaign and use this hashtag to call out overt and subtle sexism against women running for elected office from all parties.