Their research finds that this heightened interest cannot be chalked up to women as role models alone. Political discussions with a parent or another adult family member further explain the greater interest. "Visible female candidates trigger conversations about politics between parents and their adolescent daughters, familiarizing girls with the political world and leading them to envision themselves as participants in politics," the authors explain.
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