ABSTRACT. Research evidence (e.g. Cameron and Shaw, 2016) suggests that the co-evolution of competing and incompatible principles of gender and political speech constitutes an issue for women in positions of political leadership. Using data from Pew Research Center, I performed analyses and made estimates regarding the percentage saying women/men make better political leaders, the percentage indicating major reasons why there are not more women in top executive business positions or in high political offices, and the percentage saying, in general, women/men in high political offices are better at working out compromises, being honest and ethical, working to improve quality of life for U.S. citizens, standing up for beliefs despite political pressure, or being persuasive. Empirical and secondary data are used to support the claim that the most successful male/female political speakers employ a series of linguistic resources to establish a decision of their own.

Keywords: linguistic practice; gendered institutional setting; speech behavior

How to cite: Dicu, Grațiela (2018). “Linguistic Practices in Gendered Institutional Settings: Speech Behavior of Female Political Leaders,” Journal of Research in Gender Studies 8(1): 158–164.

Received 22 January 2018 • Received in revised form 13 April 2018
Accepted 18 April 2018 • Available online 25 May 2018


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