Political Gender Quotas: U.S. Exceptionalism

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Photos from Elle UK project removing men from photographs of government meetings, exposing the lack of women’s employment in these positions (Source: http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a31098/men-photoshopped-out-of-history-video/).

At Women in Cities International, we believe government representation is key in fostering accessibility, equity, safety, and inclusivity of all. In turn, we wanted to share Amanda Demers’ fascinating research on strategies use by political advocacy groups to promote women’s representation in government bodies.

Political Gender Quotas: U.S. Exceptionalism From A Feminist Institutionalist Perspective

By Amanda Demers

During my time abroad in Sweden, I focused my studies on the intersection of gender and politics. I primarily spent my time researching gender and political representation, as I noticed a stark contrast between the strategies and structures employed to attain gender equality in Parliament between North American countries and countries in the EU. In this piece, I focused on establishing political gender quotas as a strategy to achieve representational equality, and how and why the United States has neglected to employ this tactic.

 

 

Political Gender Quotas: U.S. Exceptionalism