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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at Arlington National Ceremony in 2022. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Women and Political Leadership Ahead of the 2024 Election

For the most part, Americans don’t think a woman president would do better or worse than a man when it comes to key leadership traits or the handling of various policy areas. At the same time, the public sees differences in the way men and women running for higher office are treated by the media.

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The Enduring Grip of the Gender Pay Gap

The difference between the earnings of men and women has barely closed in the United States in the past two decades. This gap persists even as women today are more likely than men to have graduated from college, suggesting other factors are at play such as parenthood and other family needs.

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