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Professors say female politicians face harsher criticism for scandals

But also benefit more from the absence of scandal

A study by two academics indicates that female politicians suffer more for scandals than their male counterparts—but also benefit more in the absence of them.

Marie Courtemanche, a political science professor at Thiel College, and Joanne Green, who teaches the same subject at Texas Christian University, both authored the study, according to a press release from the college.

“Female politicians benefit more than their male counterparts when it comes to positive news, but also suffer more severe consequences from negative news,” the dispatch declares.

The researchers “examined whether stereotypes about gender affected how candidates running for office were assessed, specifically whether evaluations involving wrongdoing were asymmetrical between male and female candidates,” according to the announcement.

“Using an experimental survey of an adult sample, their research found that voters tended to evaluate women more positively in the absence of scandals. However, when wrongdoing was considered, women faced harsher criticism and backlash than their male counterparts.”

The study will be published in an upcoming edition of the “Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy.”

Read the press release here.

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