Podcast: Countries with more female politicians pass more ambitious climate policies, study suggests
People worried about global warming often want their leaders to enact ambitious climate policies. A recent study suggests that electing female politicians can help make that happen.
Astghik Mavisakalyan is an economics professor at Australia’s Curtin University. She and a colleague examined the legislatures of 91 countries. They compared the percentage of seats held by women to the rigor of each country’s climate policies.
“We found that female representation in national parliaments does lead countries to adopt more stringent climate change policies,” she says.
The researchers say it’s not just because countries that elect more women also happen to support more environmental protection.
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