Helms School of Government
Government: Politics and Policy
politics, women in politics, Sarah Palin, Margaret Thatcher, voter probability
Communication | Leadership Studies | Political Science
Schiller, Hannah, "Women in Politics: An Evaluation of Electability and Influence of the Media" (2014). Senior Honors Theses. 425.
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.