Don't put a ring on it: Gender stereotypes in citizens" preferences for executive positions Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2023

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0192-5121


  • Scholarly investigations have greatly advanced our understanding of gender stereotypes as they pertain to leadership roles. However, an examination of citizens┬┐ evaluations of the personal and political characteristics of ministers using an experimental design is still lacking. In this article, we aim to determine whether individuals exhibit discrimination against women occupying the position of finance minister (FM), which presents an opportunity to assess the impact of stereotypes within one of the most `masculine┬┐ cabinet portfolios. We implement a conjoint analysis in Spain to isolate the influence of appointees┬┐ attributes on their selection. The results suggest that women are preferred for this post. In contrast to established knowledge derived from legislative studies, being single benefits female ministers more than it does their male counterparts in obtaining the position of FM, as agentic attributes can hold more value in these positions.