(Council on Foreign Relations 2001) Women’s opinion on defense policies has been transformed since September 11

Women’s opinion on defense policies has been transformed since September 11: women now favor higher defense spending, want a national missile defense, and are the least likely to believe that life will ever return to normal [press release]. New York: Council on Foreign Relations; 2001 Nov 1. Available from: http://www.cfr.org/world/womens-opinion-defense-policies-has-been-transformed-since-september-11-women-now-favor-higher-defense-spending-want-national-missile-defense-least-likely-believe-life-ever-return-normal/p5415. Accessed 2012 Apr 16. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/66xhw36rS.

According to a poll reported by the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, women’s opinions on defense changed far more than men’s after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers. Women became dramatically more likely to favor increased military spending and the construction of missile defense systems, while men’s opinions on these topics were little affected, so that the formerly wide gender gap almost closed. The opinions of women with children were especially likely to become more hawkish.


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