Are all politics masculine? Gender socialised personality traits and diversity in political engagement

Hilde Coffé, Catherine Bolzendahl

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Most research studying gender and political participation fails to problematise the measure of gender identity. Using 2012/13 Dutch Longitudinal Internet Studies for the Social Sciences panel survey data, we investigate how gender-socialised personality traits relate to various types of political engagement. Baseline models show that, when significant, self-assessed socialised agentic/masculine traits are positively, and communal/feminine traits are negatively, related to political engagement, though only to activist types of engagement. Multivariate analyses reveal the positive link between agentic/masculine traits and very agentic forms of activity, including engaging with political parties and politicians and going to public hearings. Furthermore, the categorial gender/sex gap in participation matters independently of agentic/masculine traits and communal/feminine traits but the direction and size of the gap differs depending on the type of engagement considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-133
Number of pages21
JournalEuropean Journal of Politics and Gender
Issue number1
Early online date22 Oct 2020
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2021


  • Gender identity
  • Gender socialised personality traits
  • Political participation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Gender Studies


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