“Paxton and Hughes provide the most comprehensive coverage yet attempted of women's increasing role in electoral politics across the globe. Women, Politics, and Power should be a valuable contribution to courses in political sociology and globalization as well as gendered courses in politics.”


Women, Politics, and Power provides a clear and detailed introduction to women's political participation and 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. In addition to describing worldwide themes, the book acknowledges differences among women through attention to intersectionality and heterogeneity among women. Dedicated chapters on six geographic regions highlight the distinct paths women may take to political power in different parts of the world. There is simply no other book that offers such a thorough and multidisciplinary synthesis of research on women's political power around the world.

Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean

Who would have said, 10, 15 years ago, that a woman would be elected president?

—Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, 2006

In April 2012, women held approximately 19% of the seats in the national legislatures of Latin America and the Caribbean. Although 19% is still far from equality, women have clearly made gains in the region in recent years. Only five countries have less than 10% women in their lower house of parliament—Brazil, Panama, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti—while six countries have more than 30%—Argentina, Ecuador, Guyana, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Cuba (see Table 12.1.). At the subnational level, women appear in legislative office at approximately the same rate as at the national level—21% in 2010 ...

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