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Contagious Representation: Women's Political Representation in Democracies around the World

Frank C. Thames and Margaret S. Williams


Women's participation in parliaments, high courts, and executive offices worldwide has reached record high numbers, but this global increase in women's representation masks significant variation among different democratic political systems. For example, in December of 2009, Rwanda's legislature contained 56 percent women, while the U.S. Congress contained only about 17 percent and the Japanese Diet had only 11 percent. Since 2000, only twenty-seven women have achieved executive office worldwide. This book takes a comprehensive look at women's participation in all aspects of public life in the ... More

Keywords: female representation, executive office, executive, judiciary, legislature, female participation, women, democracy, women's political participation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814784174
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814784174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank C. Thames, author

Margaret S. Williams, author