In politics, much like in academe, women are underrepresented in positions of power. The root causes of this underrepresentation have been attributed to a leaky pipeline and harassment. This week’s edition of the ADVANCE Weekly Roundup highlights a study that investigated the underlying mechanisms that lead to disproportionate gendered representation in politics. The article suggests that to close the gap of disparity, we as a nation need to not only encourage more women and ethnic/racial minorities to run for public office, but to also take dedicated steps to relieve added burdens that come with campaigning and holding political office.
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