Women, Gender Gap and Voting Behaviors Essay

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Women, Gender Gap and Voting Behaviors

By: Sarah Langenwalter

Women have always had so many different and interesting behavior patterns; whether they are patterns at home, at work, or even at the polls. Choosing this topic was easy, women are very unique about everything, and I was curious to see the differences in the way we vote compared to men, the gender gap. With the help of peer reviewed articles and other research, I am planning to explain the gender gap as well as other voting behaviors that women perform. The peer reviewed articles that I chose will be discussed in the following order: “The Gender Gap: When an Opinion Gap is not a Voting Bloc” by Linda Bennett, “How Do Female Spouses’ Political Interests Affect Male
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That is an important distinction to make because the findings are very generalized and even then are not 100% accurate. From all the information collected throughout the years put into this study, it seems there is not a rock solid conclusion. It is easy to study ethnic voting blocs because and ethnicity is something that is very strong in our culture. It has been proven time and time again that ethnicities vote together. But a gender is something completely different. Genders are made up of different ages, and ethnicities, so which pull is stronger, the female gene or the loyalty to one’s culture and ethnicity? I think it is important to note that the information taken to do this study was from the Reagan election. In this specific study, “gender is a poor predictive variable” (Bennett, 624) because the main topic of this election was “Reaganomics” (Bennett, 624) which, according to this article does not support group relevance.
“Though women were allegedly coalescing into a "new political force," it was not to be on the bases of women's issues (e.g., ERA and abortion), but rather on the economy, "Reaganomics," a combination of tax and budget cuts, was reported to be particularly painful to women dependent upon government subsidies and as new entrants into a work force suffering a period of record-high

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