Prior to last week’s third Democratic presidential debate, LeanIn.org released new research showing Americans are ready for a female president. There are, however, a couple of requirements — Americans need to set aside the false belief that the country isn’t ready, as well as outdated ideas of what it means to be "presidential" and "electable."

The research is the latest in LeanIn.org’s #GetOutTheBias initiative, intended to highlight gender dynamics in the 2020 election and help voters focus on what matters — the ideas and experiences of each candidate.

Here’s a closer look at the study’s key findings:

  • When asked whether they think America as a whole is ready for a woman as president, only 16% believe most Americans are "very ready" or "extremely ready." In addition, 58% of voters think it will be harder for a woman to win, and 88% of voters who think this say it’s because "many Americans aren’t ready to elect a woman president."

  • However, when asked if voters themselves were ready for a female president, 53% said they were "very ready" or "extremely ready." The prior numbers show they just don’t realize other voters are ready, too.

  • When it comes to being seen as "presidential" and "electable," only 15% of voters see female candidates as both, while almost half of voters think male candidates are more presidential and electable.

  • The "likability" penalty works hardest against women. Social science research that shows we tend to dislike women leaders, and because we expect women to be kind and communal, we sometimes like them less when they’re assertive or forceful. However, women need to be bold and ambitious to campaign effectively.

  • Democratic and Independent voters are almost twice as likely to vote for a woman in the primary when they think Americans are ready for a woman president.

  • When men and women candidates are seen as equally presidential and electable, the proportion of votes for women candidates increases by 34%.

  • When looking at demographics, Democrats are far more ready for a female president than Republicans. Black women are more ready than white men, and younger voters are more ready than older voters.

See the full report online.