Equal Representation? The Debate Over Gender Quotas (Part 1)

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December 20, 2021

Equal Representation? The Debate Over Gender Quotas (Part 1)


Equal Representation? The Debate Over Gender Quotas (Picture Harvard International Review)

This article is the first in a two-part series examining the impact of gender quotas. The second article discusses the impact of quotas in Sweden and India.

Gender quotas exist in a shockingly high number of countries. More than 130 nations have modified their constitutions, electoral laws, or party rules to specify a threshold of women to be selected or nominated to a political body.

Quotas have had a massive impact globally on the number of women in politics, explaining the variation in women’s political representation by country. Between 1995 and 2012, many countries implemented quotas globally, and one study found a correlation between quotas and women’s political representation. Women’s political representation jumped from 11 percent to 21 percent during that time. Quotas are also associated with women being elected to government positions even more so than democratic ideals, economic development, or religious norms.

Click here to read the full article published by Harvard International Review on 29 November 2021.

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Jaya Nayar
Harvard International Review
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