Political Ambition Gap Revealed In ‘Girls Just Wanna Not Run’ Report

By Nina Bahadur

When you tally who hold the positions of power, it becomes clear that women mostly don’t. According to the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics, women hold 18.1 percent of the 535 seats in Congress. Only 17.4 percent of mayors of cities with populations over 30,000 are female, and just three of the nine Supreme Court justices are female. More women than ever ran for Congress in 2012, but we’re nowhere near parity. So what’s causing the gap?

A new report attempts to answer that question. “Girls Just Wanna Not Run,” compiled by Jennifer L. Lawless and Richard L. Fox and published by the School of Public Affairs at American University, details a significant gender gap in young Americans’ political aspirations and why it exists.

The authors surveyed 2100 18- to 25-year-olds and identified five key factors that contribute to this political ambition gap:

Read more at the Huffington Post

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