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American Journal of Social Science Research, Vol.3, No.2, Apr. 2017, Pub. Date: Aug. 8, 2017
Religiosity and Sexism as Indices of People’s Perception of Women in Politics in Nigeria
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Authors
[01] Leonard Chioma Onwukwe, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
[02] Vivian Chizoma Njemanze, Department of Sociology/Psychology/Criminology and Security Studies, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Nigeria.
[03] Richards Ebeh, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
[04] Patricia Ebere Nwazonobi, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
[05] Mildred Chioma Ojiaku, Department of Psychology, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria.
Abstract
The study investigated the influence of religiosity and sexism on people’s perception of women in politics. Two hundred (200) participants were selected through convenience sampling technique. Participants were made up of 100 males and 100 females with ages ranging from 18-45 years (M=25.47; SD=7.43). Three instruments which are; Perception of women in politics Scale, Sexism questionnaire (SQ) and Religious Affiliation Scale (RAS) were employed to elicit data for the study. The 2×2 independent Chi square was employed for analysis. The result of the study indicated that religiosity and sexism significantly influenced people’s perception of women in politics. The positive influence that religiosity recorded was due to education and social change. Based on the findings we recommend that society should tackle sexism from its roots and also that women should stop playing supportive roles in politics but rather be at the forefront to crush abnormal sentiments and complexities in Nigerian politics that have slowed down her development.
Keywords
Perception, Women in Politics, Religiosity, Complexities, Sexism
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