More voters want to see women in politics tackle sexism head-on. Experts say this is a “sign of progress”.

More voters want to see women in politics tackle sexism head-on.  Experts say this is a "sign of progress".

In Michigan and across the country, more women are elected to leadership positions.

And when these elected officials face sexism at work, more voters want more than ever to hear elected officials tackle it directly, new across the country data indicated.

According to a report by the Barbara Lee Family Foundation – a Massachusetts-based non-partisan organization focused on research and advocacy for women in politics and contemporary art – a majority of voters in the United States likely agree that women in politics face sexism and indicated broad support for women candidates speaking out about the sexist situations they experience.

The report, based on data collected by the Avalanche Insights group in three rounds of nationwide surveys of a representative sample of thousands of likely voters in the United States, concluded that while more Voters recognize and want serious cases of sexism addressed, what they see as overtly sexist varies widely depending on their partisan leanings, beliefs and personal experiences.

How a female candidate or elected official reacts to a sexist incident also matters to voters, according to the report.

A majority of respondents preferred a calm and measured response linking the incident more generally to equality and fairness vis-à-vis a candidate or an elected official by remaining silent on the question or by answering with anger.

About 25% of respondents, especially Democratic and younger voters, said they would lose confidence in a woman …

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