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By Leanne Doherty

What makes a candidate achievable within the eyes of the electorate? What makes anyone certified to run for place of work? Why do electorate are likely to choose particular types of individuals and never others? How a lot are such traits rooted in large characteristics-racial or ethnic crew, gender, etc.-versus extra idiosyncratic features, these tied to respective applicants' presentation of self? regardless of the broader matters, it truly is transparent that thus far, ladies, in comparison to males, have confronted better hindrances to being visible as possible applicants for elected place of work. a degree taking part in box for All? examines applicants' use of activities in election campaigns so that it will comprehend broader problems with candidate viability and specifically, the hurdles that girls needs to conquer to accomplish political office.This ebook unearths the level to which athletic participation has develop into a social eligibility consider the good fortune of applicants for elected place of work. Doherty examines the position participation in athletics performed for girls seeking to run for place of work. She is going directly to appraises the ways that capability cutbacks and already constrained possibilities for girls in activities may perhaps extra have an effect on their possibilities to achieve achievable candidate prestige.

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If they are not responsible for childcare or main- 28 Chapter 3 taining a home as well as a job, then they are more likely to have the time to pursue outside interests, including politics. Unfortunately, women have not always been in the position to gain these important factors that many deem to be the necessary qualifications for running for office. If they do not have these characteristics, they do not seek public office as readily as their male counterparts. ATHLETICS AS CRITERIA OF THE SOCIAL ELIGIBILITY POOL What if elite athletic participation was added to the list of social eligibility factors?

Bennett and Bennett (see Duke, 2008) continue this argument of women’s preconceived role in society. They discuss the sex-role socialization, the structural factors, and the situational factors that “. . ”3 These factors include occupation, income, education, and the traditional role of the woman as the homemaker—all indicators of decreased formal involvement in political activity. 4 By contrast, the authors represented in Thomas and Wilcox5 cumulatively point to still structural factors as obstacles that hinder women from achieving public office and leadership positions.

3 Any discussion of Title IX as it relates to athletics is in reference to this legislation and its subsequent interpretation. School compliance with Title IX is, in a word, complicated. A school can demonstrate that it has provided equal opportunities for both men and women to participate in sports in one of three different ways: 1. The percentage of male and female athletes roughly reflects the enrollment patterns at the school. 2. The school can show that it has a history of providing opportunities to women, in most instances, the underrepresented gender.

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