Women politicians drive spending on education and health care to a point

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Women politicians drive spending on education and health care to a point

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Members of the 117th Congress of the United States are sworn in at the Capitol in January 2021. Currently, 119 women hold seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, a record number. (Credit: Franmarie Metzler) - University of Colorado Boulder

When women gain power in national legislatures such as the U.S. Senate or Israeli Knesset, countries begin to spend more on priorities like education and health care.

That’s the conclusion of new research led by CU Boulder and published this fall in the journal Political Science Research and Methods.

The study comes as women are winning more seats in parliaments and national assemblies around the globe, but still struggling to gain a majority in many countries.

In Rwanda, for instance, women fill 56%, or 59 out of 106, of the seats in the nation’s parliament—the largest representation of women in any national legislative body in the world. Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Nigeria, meanwhile, join a host of countries where the representation of women languishes in the single digits. The United States falls in the middle with women holding 27%, or 143 out of 535, House and Senate seats. 

Click here to read the full article published by University of Colorado Boulder on 26 October 2021.

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