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  • Previous research has explored the extent to which elected officials follow the lead of individuals in leadership positions. In this study, I will discuss whether or not women in leadership positions inspire elected officials to discuss important issues related to gender equality. I hypothesize that if Hillary Clinton is present on the ballot there will be an increase in representatives, specifically female representatives, likelihood of speaking out on women’s issues. I expect my hypothesis to be true because representatives follow party leaders and trends in the media. To test my hypothesis, I will use data from over 60,000 press releases between the years of 2013-2016 and computer aided content analysis to address this question. The results demonstrate that Clinton’s presence on the ballot did increase Democrats and Women’s likelihood of speaking out for women’s issues.
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  • San Francisco, California, USA
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