Authors: Sarah Peeling, Congjiao (Elsa) Jiang, Kate A. Ratliff
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kate Ratliff
College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This research examines how women’s identification with “women” as a group affects both their implicit and explicit associations of themselves with communal and agentic traits. We hypothesize that there will be a greater positive correlation between identification with women and implicit and explicit communal traits than with agentic traits. 138 female-identifying participants from the Project Implicit website will complete an Implicit Association Test (IAT) and self-report questionnaires to measure their implicit and explicit associations with communal and agentic traits. We will then measure their identification with women as a group. We will correlate participants’ self-identification with women with their implicit and explicit trait association. Previous research has shown how identifying with “women” as a group affects women’s explicit associations, but this study is important in showing the implicit associations and how that correlates to the explicit measures and “women” identity. This has implications for gaining a deeper understanding into how identification with the group “women” affects women’s evaluations of themselves as well as other women.