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Stereotypes Determining Perceptions of Female Politicians: The Case of Poland

Politics in Central Europe. 2018;14(3):7-30 DOI 10.2478/pce-2018-0016


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Journal Title: Politics in Central Europe

ISSN: 1801-3422 (Print)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: Metropolitan University Prague / Central European Political Science Association

LCC Subject Category: Political science

Country of publisher: Czechia

Language of fulltext: English, Czech, Slovak

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Turska-Kawa Agnieszka (associate professor and deputy director of the Institute of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Silesia in Katowice/Poland)

Olszanecka-Marmola Agata (research assistant and PhD candidate in political science at the Institute of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland.)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 20 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The aim of this study is to find out whether women in Polish politics are perceived through the prism of gender stereotypes. We conducted a two-stage empirical study (N=447) to investigate the kinds of qualities that young voters attribute to politicians in the context of gender stereotypes. Our findings correlated with a pattern of research that shows that female politicians are typically associated with “female issues” and seen in terms of stereotypically feminine traits. The results of our survey showed gender solidarity, with female and male participants generally responding more positively to politicians of the same gender. There were also significant differences based on respondents’ interest in politics; people interested in politics were, for example, significantly less likely to ascribe qualities related to political ability and self-composure to women. Finally, ideological identifications did not modify perceptions of female politicians but people who identified as right-wing more often viewed male politicians as politically capable, diligent, likeable and go-getters.