Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 4-23-2014


Helms School of Government


Government: Politics and Policy


politics, women in politics, Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher, voter probability


Communication | Leadership Studies | Political Science


This paper explores the electability of women to higher office. It evaluates voter probability through studies that assess the effect of media attention to a candidate’s appearance. Furthermore, the paper studies the media coverage of Governor Sarah Palin’s campaign for Vice President. Finally, it includes an evaluation of Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s successful campaign for Prime Minister. Based on the case studies of voter probability, Sarah Palin and Margaret Thatcher, women do face many obstacles to political office, yet women are fully capable of overcoming these obstacles and we will see a woman leader in an executive position on a national level in the United States.