The increasing role of women in leadership roles may be both a cause and
effect of public attitudes. Recent politicization of science amidst
increasing polarization of American politics juxtaposed with examples of
female leadership (Fleadership) throughout the U.S (and abroad) begs the
question of how gender impacts crisis response decision-making. Here, we
investigate at the state level, female gubernatorial leadership, recent
presidential (and VP) voting patterns, climate denial, and COVID/100k.
These reveal correlations between climate denial, high COVID/100k, and
presidential votes for exclusively male candidates. Americans who
embraced federal Fleadership in 2016 and again in 2020 were less likely
to deny climate change and spread COVID-19. The results suggest that
rather than Fleadership inspiring responsible COVID preventative
behavior at state or national levels, or leading to better understanding
of climate change, the populations who tend to elect females, also
understand science more than those who do not.