Are Women Inherently Left-Wing?

Here on the alternative Right, this question is more or less rhetorical. “Of coursh!” is the commonly accepted answer. But let’s look at some hatefacts to see why that might be the case.

Today's political landscape sometimes appears to be neatly divided by gender, with men on the Right and women on the Left. This is the case both for the US and Canada, and for Western Europe. Superficially, it makes perfect sense: we women like to care, share and stick our noses into other people's businesses. Men, in general, appear much more individualistic and hierarchically-minded.

These are broad brush strokes. But this question has garnered some real research, and it appears women have not always been the bleeding-hearted liberals. Edlund and Pande (2002) state that:

“Until the mid-1960s, women were consistently more conservative than men [Duverger 1955; Harvey 1998]. In the 1980s a signficant number of men, so called “Reagan Democrats”, switched party allegiance to the Republicans, leading to a political hegemony of the right. The 1990s saw previously conservative voting women, so called “Soccer Moms”, moving to the left, resulting in the Clinton years [Stark 1996].”

According to this paper, the reason (middle-class) women shifted their views to the Left over the last few decades has been because of decreased marital stability. Edlund and Pande propose the (very reasonable) hypothesis that an average individual's income will affect their political views, especially "preferences with respect to redistribution." They go on to suggest the (also reasonable and backed-up-by-evidence) assumption that marital decline has made women poorer:

This view of family formation is consistent with several stylised facts: women, on average, earn less than men; spouses’ potential earnings are positively correlated [Becker 1991; Mare 1991; Qian and Preston 1993; Juhn and Murphy 1997]; high male relative to female earnings is conducive to marriage [Blackwell and Lichter 2000; Blau, Kahn, and Waldfogel 2000]; on divorce, female income falls substantially, with remarriage the main route to economic recovery [Weitzman 1985; Duncan and Hoffman 1985; Duncan and Hoffman 1988; Page and Stevens 2001].

Findings suggested that married women are more likely to vote conservative, while single women were more likely to vote liberal. Divorce (except for a few high-profile cases) also tends to make middle-income women worse off. However, this data is nearly a decade old. It will be interesting to see how the ever-closing income gap will affect the distribution of political preferences. Will women, if or when their earning power will not be significantly different from that of men after divorce, keep voting leftist? Time will tell.

Further, another study showed that the gender of children was enough to switch both male and female preferences. Oswald and Powdthavee (2008) claim that:

The paper finds evidence that having daughters makes people more sympathetic to left-wing parties. Acquiring sons, by contrast, makes individuals more right-wing. Ceteris paribus, in our panel data, every extra daughter (or son) leads a person to be approximately 2 percentage points more likely to vote Left (or Right).

This is most likely due to parents looking out for what they think is their children's best interests. After all, few would dispute that reproductive freedom and affirmative action do, at least superficially, benefit women—and parents want this for their daughters. On the other hand, programmes like affirmative action harm (White) men, and parents do not want this for their sons.

So what can we learn from this research? The majority of people are pragmatic and quite willing to use the leftist hegemony for their own profit. If redistributive state programmes benefit women, the majority of women will vote in favour. If they benefit their daughters, even some men will vote in favour.

Does this mean that most women are predetermined to be bleeding-heart nannying lefties? Speaking in general terms, as long as we have declining family stability and dysgenic welfare practices that encourage single motherhood, the answer seems to be “yes”. However, we need to remember that women are the keepers of the established cultural mores, as well as being much more likely to fall in line with the majority. A return to a family-centric society with good social morals will, I believe, put women “in their place”.


Edlund, L. and R. Pande (2002), "Why Have Women Become Left-Wing: The Political Gender Gap and the Decline in Marriage," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 117, 917-961.

Oswald, A., and Powdthavee, N. (2006). Daughters and left-wing voting. Technical report, Department of Economics, University of Warwick, U.K.