Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women’s political representation across a wide range of countries and regions. Using broad statistical overviews and detailed case-study accounts, authors Pamela Paxton and Melanie Hughes document both historical trends and the contemporary state of women’s political strength across diverse countries. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women’s political power from around the world.

Introduction to Women in Politics

Introduction to women in politics

Women are not well represented in politics. Simply turning on the television to a summit of world leaders, a debate in the British Parliament, or a United Nations Security Council meeting reveals a dearth of female faces. Women make up half of the population of every country in the world. But the worldwide average percentage of women in national parliaments is only 16%. Of the more than 190 countries in the world, a woman is the head of government (president or a prime minister) in only 7. Women are 9% of ambassadors to the United Nations, 7% of the world's cabinet ministers, and 8% of world mayors.

At the turn of the 21st century, there is little ...

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