KEY FEATURES: A comparative perspective expands students’ awareness of their own intersectional identities and the varying effects of patriarchy on women worldwide. A variety of policy areas highlighted throughout the book illustrates how different theories are applied to real-world situations. Multiple political engagement activities keep students engaged with the content.
Chapter Three: Public Opinion
Why can’t a woman vote more like a man?” opined Alexis Toufexis in a 1982 Time Magazine piece titled “Waking Up to the Gender Gap.”1 It seemed that the Republican Party had what they termed a GG (or a gender gap) problem that was receiving a great deal of attention. The gender gap (which actually describes a sex-based gap) refers to the difference in political opinion and behavior between men and women. Previously, many women had followed the voting patterns of their fathers and husbands, but times and voting patterns were changing, and pollsters were noticing a break between men’s and women’s public opinions and voting patterns. The Second Wave (discussed in Chapters 1 and 2) had taken place, and it ...