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Descriptive Representation of Women and Ideological Congruence in Political Parties

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This paper examines the relationship between a party'’'s descriptive representation of women and its ideological proximity to female and male voters. I find that male and female voters are both objectively closer to parties with more females in their delegations. However, males are more likely to subjectively assess parties with more women as far from them, and females are more likely to place these parties close. Controlling for subjective ideological distance, both women and men are less likely to vote for parties with equal male and female representation.

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