In Support of Gender Quotas: Setting New Standards, Bringing Visible Gains

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Abstract

Are gender quotas a good idea? Yes, for two reasons: Quotas are an effective mechanism for improving women's numerical representation, and they encourage new attitudes towards women in politics. I argue that the numerical and ideational gains brought by gender quotas outweigh the potential pitfalls they might introduce. From a pragmatic standpoint, quotas constitute an imperfect means to a positive end: women's political empowerment. What is more, formal rules may become norms, reinforcing changing attitudes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-645
Number of pages8
JournalPolitics and Gender
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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