Honors Program


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2019

Document Type



Knight, E 2019. Finding Motivators For Running for Office In Female Led, High-Population Districts. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Copyright Elsa Knight 2019


In this paper, the research question “why do more women run in districts with large percentages of women elected officials?” is posed. An amalgamation between two previous research papers created in class, this paper combines the two different methodologies to strengthen the papers’ shared research question. An online survey is used to see how people directly react to similar motivating keywords on a multi-answered scale. The results of these methodologies show that certain keywords such as “activism” are certainly stronger and appear more than others. Additionally, The Nexus Uni database search utility is used to search through different newspapers for certain selected motivating keywords.