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Yvonne Galligan & Fiona Buckley

In: Gender and Women's Leadership: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 34: Women's Political Leadership in the European Union

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Women's Political Leadership in the European Union
Women's political leadership in the European Union

When it comes to the top levels, unfortunately, women experience a sticky floor, a glass ceiling or a thick layer of men!

—Margot Wallstrom, vice president of the European Commission (2009)

This chapter reviews the position of women in executive office in Europe up to the end of 2009. It is mainly concerned with the member states of the European Union1 (EU) but will also examine Norway, given its leadership role in women's political advancement. The status of women in EU institutions, notably the European Commission and the European Parliament, is ...

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