“Women don’t run?”

“Women will volunteer to lead a group, Kanthak said, but are less likely than men to go through an actual competition or election to do so.
“We wanted to control the incentives potential candidates face and place men and women with similar qualifications, ambitions, and political environments alongside one another and see if they still made the same decisions to put themselves out there as a candidate. We wanted to level the playing field, and we were able to do that by taking our questions into a lab environment,” Kanthak said.
“We also found that election aversion persists with variations in the electoral environment, disappearing only when campaigns are both costless and completely truthful.””

Makes me think about how different people will experience different costs and benefits from trying to do the same thing. Costs and benefits can exist in the process (like, here, getting to meet interesting people vs. getting fat-shamed by lots of strangers) and also the outcome (successfully elected vs. not elected). And that all goes into these decisions.

It’s stereotype threat, but also clear, explicit, external threats that come with drawing attention to oneself in pursuit of a goal.


“We have two fantastic, outspoken guests on today’s show: Megan Murphy, the Financial Times Washington bureau chief, and Madeleine Kunin, former (and first woman) governor of Vermont. We discuss the landscape for women in politics today, what life as a female politician is actually like, and why it’s so important that more women go into politics in the first place.”

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