Schneider studies why women and minorities are underrepresented as office holders, with a particular focus on how political ambition and stereotypes limit their electoral prospects. Monica is also passionate about mentoring female and minority professors in the academy. On a personal level, she is involved in the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati to support her first born son who was born with an extra chromosome.
Written for academic and popular audiences and includes cutting-edge research and reviews of research on the topics of women as citizens, women as candidates, and women in political leadership. Covers political socialization of women, gender gaps in public opinion, public policy and political action, political ambition, gender stereotypes, group identity, and women as legislators and judges.
Finds that women and men alike believe that political careers offer the opportunity to fulfill power-related goals, such as seeking status and recognition. These perceptions are particularly demotivating for women’s participation in political careers as they prefer communal goals of helping others and they dislike conflict.
Questions the assumption that stereotypes about female politicians are the same as stereotypes about women so that if we think women are weak, we will think female politicians are too. Finds the stereotypes of female politicians include fewer masculine and leadership qualities than male politicians and that they do not possess positive qualities that women are often assumed to have, like empathy and caring.
Hypothesizes that only experts with a high need to evaluate—a strong motivation to establish evaluations of social objects—may “apply” ideology to a variety of issues.
Posits the need for focusing on the conditions under which female candidates will experience prejudice instead of assuming that female candidates will experience prejudice in every election