Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Discrimination and Participation: The Effect of Perceived Gender Discrimination on Women's Political Activity
by Cooper, Kathryn Anne, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2012, 230; 3523162
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation seeks to further understand predictors of political participation in the United States by examining the effect of perceived gender discrimination on women's political activity. While much research has been done on causes of political participation, there are still gaps in our knowledge of predictors of political activity. Therefore, this study attempts to determine another potential predictor of women's political participation.

This study examines the effect of gender discrimination on women's political activity by conducting and analyzing an experimental survey in which respondents are either treated with exposure to gender discrimination or are part of a control group in which they are not exposed to it.

I argue that women who are exposed to gender discrimination should be more likely than women who are not exposed to gender discrimination to be active in politics. I also argue that a sense of gender consciousness is the intervening variable in this relationship; exposure to gender discrimination will only result in higher levels of political activity if women also have a sense of gender consciousness.

The results of this study indicate that women who are exposed to gender discrimination and feel a sense of gender consciousness are more likely than women who are not exposed to gender discrimination or are not gender conscious to say they will be more active in political activities in the future.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Petracca, Mark, Uhlaner, Carole
Commitee: Beckmann, Matthew, DeSipio, Louis
School: University of California, Irvine
Department: Political Science - Ph.D.
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 73/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Womens studies, Political science, Gender studies
Keywords: Discrimination, Gender, Gender discrmination, Political activity, Political participation, Women
Publication Number: 3523162
ISBN: 9781267558725
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