High Power Mindsets Reduce Gender Identification and Benevolent Sexism Among Women (But Not Men)

Andrea C. Vial, Jaime L. Napier

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We examine how feelings of power affect gender identification and the endorsement of sexism. Participants wrote essays about a time when they felt powerful or powerless (Studies 1–3) or about an event unrelated to power (Studies 2–3). Then, they reported how much they identified with their gender group. When primed with high power, women reported lower levels of gender identification, as compared to those primed with low power (Studies 1–2) and to a control condition (Studies 2–3). In Study 3, we also found that women primed with high power endorsed benevolent (but not hostile) sexism less than women in both the low power and control conditions. Power had no impact on men's gender identification or sexism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-170
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Benevolent sexism
  • Gender
  • Gender identification
  • Power

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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