What Makes A State Feminine Or Feminine?

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What truly makes a state masculine or feminine? In Hofstede’s study of the masculinity of countries, one of the areas that are explored is the leadership of women in political offices. When one looks at a female running for political office in the United States, many factors play a role, the political culture of the individual state, the masculinity or femininity of the state, female candidates, political parties and their willingness to embrace a female candidate, female candidates verses male candidates, and the stereotypes of female political leaders. Geert Hofstede is a Dutch social psychologist that researched different cultural dimensions of countries. His cultural dimensions theory researched six areas of countries: Power Distance, Individualism, Uncertainty Avoidance, Masculinity, Long Term Orientation, and Indulgence versus Restraint. While it would be interesting to look at all six areas of Hofstede’s study to have a complete analysis of the culture of a state, this study will only focus on the masculinity aspect and the role that female leaders play in this area. “In feminine countries, women present gender stereotypes that differ more from men’s than in masculine cultures…In feminine countries, women more often see their gender group as ‘responsible’”(Hofstede, 77). This idea of feminine countries see themselves as responsible leads to great roles of leadership in those countries. In feminine states, do women see themselves as the responsible group?

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