Incorporates important recent changes in women's political participation and representation, such as the election of new women presidents and prime ministers and the continued spread of gender quotas Expanded coverage of women's political participation now includes women judges and women in local levels of governance Updated coverage of women's political representation in the Middle East and North Africa highlights events and issues since the Arab Spring Incorporates more than 100 new studies from the rapidly expanding field of gender and politics Includes an up-to-date discussion on gender quotas and their effects, including coverage of the trend towards “parity” quotas KEY FEATURES: Six chapters cover women's political power in specific geographic regions with case studies from all over the world Includes the latest information available on women in politics worldwide Charts, maps, and tables give visual overviews of the substantial variation in women's access to political power around the world, the growth in women's political power over time, and persistent obstacles to gender equality in politics

Where Do We Go From Here? And How Do We Get There?

Where do we go from here? and how do we get there?

We do not have a crystal ball that will allow us to gaze into the future of women in politics. But in this chapter, we review where women have been with an eye to where women may be going. In doing so, we use a measure of women’s political representation that accounts for the distribution of the world’s population, called the Women Power Index. We also summarize the lessons learned in previous chapters and present several ways for countries and citizens to influence women’s incorporation into formal politics in the future.

Where Are We Now?

During the past 100 years, women around the ...

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