Women's representation is associated with attitudes to women as political leaders
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What is it about?
Why are there national legislatures with few women present, and others where the share of women is relatively high? In this article I use a large cross-national sample of national legislatures. Differences in the share of women in national legislatures are associated with differences in attitudes to women as political leaders -- culture. Once regional or cultural differences are accounted for, voluntary party quotas at the national level do not appear to be associated with a larger share of women in national parliaments.
Why is it important?
It is a core principle of liberal democracies that they are inclusive and all major groups in society should participate in governance. Quotas are often suggested as an institutional feature to render legislatures more representative of the population.
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