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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Can’t we all just get along? How women MPs can ameliorate affective polarization in Western publics
Abstract Concern over partisan resentment and hostility has increased across Western democracies. Despite growing attention to affective polarization, existing research fails to ask whether who serves in office affects mass-level interparty...
Politics and gender
Monday, January 23, 2023
Crisis, gender role congruency, and perceptions of executive leadership
Extract At a time of pandemics, international economic downturns, and increasing environmental threats due to climate change, countries around the world are facing numerous crises. What impact might we expect these crises to have on the already...
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Friday, November 25, 2022
The blame game: Analyzing gender bias in Danish local elections
Diagnosing women’s under-representation in electoral politics often involves a “blame game,” seeking to identify the primary factor responsible for depressing the share of women among candidates as well as elected officials. The Danish electoral...
Quantifying gender biases towards politicians on Reddit (Picture: Plos One logo)
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Quantifying gender biases towards politicians on Reddit
increase gender parity in politics, global efforts have struggled to ensure equal female representation. This is likely tied to implicit gender biases against women in authority. In this work, we present a comprehensive study of gender biases that...
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles (Observer Research Foundation)
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
Women’s representation in India’s parliament: Measuring progress, analysing obstacles
Women’s representation in India’s Parliament is an important metric to evaluate progress in bridging gender inequities in the country. India has a female population of 662.9 million and is the largest and one of the most resilient parliamentary...
Gender and politics in Portugal (Picture: Oxford Academic logo)
Friday, November 11, 2022
Gender and politics in Portugal
This chapter surveys the literature on gender and politics in Portugal, focusing on explanations for gender differences in political participation and representation. We map trends in women’s inclusion in key areas of political life: from...
Criminalizing violence against women in politics: Innovation, diffusion, and transformation (Cambridge)
Friday, November 04, 2022
Criminalizing violence against women in politics: Innovation, diffusion, and transformation
Violence against women politicians is increasingly recognized as an issue that undermines women’s presence in politics. Latin America has been at the vanguard of this global discussion. In 2012, Bolivia became the only country in the world to...
Gender and violence against political candidates: Lessons from Sri Lanka (Cambridge)
Thursday, November 03, 2022
Gender and violence against political candidates: Lessons from Sri Lanka
A nascent body of literature has highlighter the violence (broadly defined) that women sometimes face as they enter politics. Some interpretations depict this violence as primarily gender motivated: women politicians are targeted because they are...
Why women earn high marks: Examining the role of partisanship and gender in political evaluations (Cambridge Core)
Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Why women earn high marks: Examining the role of partisanship and gender in political evaluations
This article presents the results of a randomized survey experiment demonstrating that the public evaluates women politicians more highly than men across multiple characteristic assessments. This finding is consistent with a recent wave of research...
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2) - Picture Harvard International Review
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Equal representation? The debate over gender quotas (Part 2)
This article is the second in a two-part series examining the impact of gender quotas. The first article discussed the structure of gender quotas and their general impacts. Gender quotas play a varied and complex role in political life; every...
Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography (Cambridge University Press)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography
Gender and politics scholars are increasingly making appeals to ethnographic methodology to bring important contributions to understand the reproduction of gender, gender hierarchies, gendered relations, and their redress in parliamentary settings....
A quantitative study of the questions asked by women members in Lok Sabha (1999–2019): Performance of women in Parliament (EPW)
Wednesday, August 03, 2022
A quantitative study of the questions asked by women members in Lok Sabha (1999–2019): Performance of women in Parliament
The performance of women legislators is analysed by looking at the nature of questions posed by them over a span of 20 years (1999–2019) in the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The analysis, however, is a contestation of claims that suggest...
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Friday, July 15, 2022
Women in Tunisia: Has a female prime minister changed Tunisia?
Tunisia has seen a marked shift in attitudes towards women political leaders since Najla Bouden became the first female prime minister in the Arab world. However, this doesn't mean that life has dramatically improved for Tunisia's women, writes BBC...
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators (Picture: Cambridge)
Friday, July 15, 2022
Not just sticks and stones: Psychological abuse and physical violence among U.S. state senators
In this study, we report results of a survey of U.S. state senators about their experiences  of psychological abuse, physical violence, and sexualized abuse and violence on the job, as well as gender differences among senators. Overall, our results...
The 2021 federal German election: A gender and intersectional analysis (Picture: Sage Journals)
Monday, July 11, 2022
The 2021 federal German election: A gender and intersectional analysis
On 26 September 2021, Germans elected the 20th Bundestag. This election was special in many ways. The article analyses the electoral campaign, voting behaviour, turnout, and the formation of a new coalition government by using a gender and...
Rhoda Sikilabu, Premier for Isabel Province and the first female Premier in the Solomon Islands (Melanesian Women Today/Facebook)
Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Solomon Islands’ first female premier: lessons learned
In late March 2022, 16 years after she was first elected to the Isabel Provincial Assembly in Solomon Islands, Rhoda Sikilabu became the country’s first female premier. The four-time MPA and former Deputy Premier replaced Leslie Kikolo who resigned...
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation - Australian Journal of Social Issue
Monday, March 28, 2022
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation
Recent conversations prompted by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have put issues of workplace sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault into the global spotlight. This paper examines how members of the Australian Liberal Party made sense of,...
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
Monday, March 28, 2022
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
This article analyses how women governors, mayors, and local elected officials promoted public health and social protection in countries where men chief executives failed to take steps to contain the virus. We focus on adverse circumstances in six...

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