The Cultural Norms Of Women

1926 WordsApr 30, 20158 Pages
The importance of educating, encouraging and treating our youth as equals for engagement in political conversation and encouragement for political office is important in order to diversify our political future. The political ambition gap between women and men is complex and cannot be attributed to one specific idea but rather a culmination of the traditional family roles that women experience growing up, the masculinized ethos that’s desired for political leaders and the gendered psyche that could prohibit women’s ambition (Lawless 166). The most compelling portion of this combination of deterrents is part of the traditional family roles that women experience, childhood upbringing can have an effect on what women choose to pursue as adults and family dynamics are rooted in children starting from a young age. The cultural norms of how women are and should be treated in a society are the foundation to who those women may become. Without women in leadership roles, public policy is made by men and may not consider policy that would benefit women and increase diversity in politics. A common phrase in the US is that the future belongs to our children; they’re also the foundation for the future. Political socialization begins at a young age and children are taught cultural and societal gender norms from family members and the media. There’s a definite undercurrent of masculinized ethos in our society which makes male political leadership preferential and almost expected.

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