Recognizing this possibility makes it more likely that political campaigns and organizations will reach out more aggressively to women to engage them in the body politic and increase female participation in politics. Since our data are limited to the 2008 campaign, we cannot disentangle the question of whether these young women were drawn to the Obama campaign because it represented ideas of change and a broader movement or if the strong association between Obama and change led them to retroactively report their motivations as being about change.
motivated by change: political activism of young Women in the 2008 presidential campaign Jane booth-Tobin and Hahrie Han A persistent gender gap in political participation has plagued American politics for many years. Although women are more likely than men to vote, they are less likely to engage in other political activities, such as vol- unteering for campa
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