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 Four: Political Ambition
Chapter 3 opened with a story about the gap between American men and women and their affiliation with the Republican and Democratic parties, respectively. Another striking gap that occurs in U.S. politics, as well as in other countries with patriarchal roots, is that women engage in many traditional political acts at lower rates than men. U.S. women, for example, not only have lower levels of political knowledge and self-report lower levels of political interest but are also less apt to engage in political discussions, attempt to persuade others’ vote choice, donate money to a political candidate or cause, or volunteer to work for a candidate or political party.1,2,3,4,5,6–7 Of particular consequence is that this reluctance to engage in traditional political activity ...