CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Turning Engagement into Civic & Political Leadership among Young Women

May 7th, 2013
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A few weeks ago, CIRCLE Lead Researcher, Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, presented at a White House gathering on Girls’ Leadership and Civic Education. Persistent gender gaps in public leadership prompt questions about how we educate, entertain and engage young people – especially women – in civic leadership roles.

Girls and young women are ahead of their male counterparts on many indicators of civic engagement, including volunteering, membership in community associations, and voting.  Since 1992, for instance, young women have been more likely to vote in Presidential and Midterm Elections than young men.

However, despite higher levels of civic engagement, women are less likely to be political leaders (Rutgers). This could be for several reasons, as examined by CIRCLE Lead Researcher Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, at the White House.

Stay connected to CIRCLE this week for a new fact sheet on women, civic engagement and political leadership. Below are other CIRCLE resources related to gender and civic engagement among young people.

Below are analysis on how gender intersects with other demographic factors and civic engagement behaviors:

Civic and Political Behaviors by Gender:

It is important to create a pipeline for girls and young women to political leadership, because many are already engaged in community problem-solving and service, but they are not nearly as likely to see formal leadership roles.

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