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Gender and Representation in Latin America

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer


In the past thirty years, women’s representation and gender equality has developed unevenly in Latin America. Some countries have experienced large increases in gender equality in political offices, whereas others have not, and even within countries, some political arenas have become more gender equal whereas others continue to exude intense gender inequality. These patterns are inconsistent with explanations of social and cultural improvements in gender equality leading to improved gender equality in political office. Gender and Representation in Latin America argues instead that gender inequ ... More

Keywords: women, gender, Latin American politics, representation, legislatures, presidencies

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190851224
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851224.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer, editor
Associate Professor of Political Science, Rice University

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Part I Arenas of Representation

2 Latin America’s Presidentas

Catherine Reyes-Housholder and Gwynn Thomas

3 Women in Presidential Cabinets

Michelle M. Taylor-Robinson and Meredith P. Gleitz

4 Women in Legislatures

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer and Santiago Alles

5 Women in Political Parties

Jana Morgan and Magda Hinojosa

6 Women’s Representation in Subnational Governments

Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Kendall D. Funk

Part II Countries

9 Parity without Equality

Jennifer M. Piscopo

12 Women, Power, and Policy in Brazil

Clara Araújo, Anna Calasanti, and Mala Htun

13 Female Representation in Colombia

Mónica Pachón and Santiago E. Lacouture

14 Conclusion

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer