Sex Roles

, Volume 59, Issue 7–8, pp 465–475 | Cite as

Gendered Political Behavior: A Darwinian Feminist Approach

  • Rebecca J. HannaganEmail author
Original Article


Darwinian feminists use an evolutionary framework to examine behaviors that promote survival and reproductive success. Subsequent power relations between women and men arise from conflicting reproductive strategies and social scientists ought to reconfigure their understanding of the psychological and behavioral repertoires of women and men based on their dynamic interactions throughout human evolution. This paper is an addition to the feminist literature on women’s contribution to evolution through an exploration of autonomy and leadership in egalitarian society and uses a Darwinian feminist approach to understand gendered political behavior.


Darwinian feminism Gender Autonomy Leadership Political behavior 



Thanks to Celeste Condit, Larry Arnhart, Doron Shultziner, and three anonymous reviewers for providing excellent feedback on earlier drafts. I am also grateful to Laurette Liesen, Barbara Burrell, and Kathryn Coe. Our conversations influenced my thinking greatly.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalbUSA

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