“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.

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 introduce a new 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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