Investigating the ambitions of young women to run for national parliament : the case of Australia

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Ghazarian, Zareh, Woodbridge, Laura, Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline and Skrbis, Zlatko. (2023). Investigating the ambitions of young women to run for national parliament : the case of Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science. 58(4), pp. 461-476. https://doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2023.2269866
AuthorsGhazarian, Zareh, Woodbridge, Laura, Laughland-Booy, Jacqueline and Skrbis, Zlatko
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Like many liberal democracies, there is a gender gap in the Australian Parliament. While there has been growing momentum to increase the number of female parliamentarians in the national legislature, the Parliament of Australia continues to be a male dominated domain. This paper investigates the factors that contribute to maintaining the gender gap by focusing on the ambitions of young women to become a member of the national parliament. We find that the appeal of becoming a parliamentarian for young women is significantly curtailed by beliefs that the institution maintains stereotypical gender norms as well as a masculine, and misogynistic, culture. Furthermore, we find that young women believe they lack the skills and confidence required to occupy public office which further diminishes their political ambition.

KeywordsAustralian politics; gender; politics; political ambition; young people; Parliament of Australia; women; political leadership
Year01 Jan 2023
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Journal citation58 (4), pp. 461-476
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1036-1146
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/10361146.2023.2269866
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