Two words. Hillary Clinton. She has the potential to be a watershed for women’s representation. Hundreds of women are vying for Senate and House seats. Some even for governor. This election has the potential to bring more women to national leadership positions than any election before it.
Now, there’s evidence that electing more women is something that could make a real difference for the country as a whole.
- Female leaders help close everyday gender gaps
- Women need female role models — more than men need male ones
- Women help things get done more effectively
- More women in power could lead to more women running for office
If there were more women in power, it’s likely that more women would run for positions of power. It would probably change how people collectively think about women as well. Many studies have found that when people picture a prototypical “leader,” they think of a man — and are thus more likely to trap men for promotions or candidacy. Having more easy, salient examples of female leaders is important in large part because it could shift subconscious biases so that they better match the reality — women can be just as effective leaders as men.