Women, Power, and Political Representation: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Roosmarijn de Geus, Erin Tolley, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, and Peter John Loewen

© 2021

Delving into the pressing topic of gender and politics, this volume provides fresh comparative perspectives on "what works" to promote women in politics today. Inspiring and informative, Women, Power, and Political Representation offers a comprehensive overview of the role women play in contemporary politics, and pinpoints the reasons behind their underrepresentation.

Discussing the challenges and opportunities women face when running for office, as well as their experiences as political leaders, this book offers a broad and thoughtful overview of the pitfalls encountered by women, from gender biases to sexual harassment, in the notoriously male dominated political arena. Featuring a range of voices that articulate a path towards women’s political advancement and equality, Women, Power, and Political Representation is an important and timely resource for scholars, students, and women working professionally in Canadian and international politics.

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This book sheds light on why access to political power remains outside the grasp of most women in Canada and around the world.

Women, Power, and Political Representation: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives

Edited by Roosmarijn de Geus, Erin Tolley, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, and Peter John Loewen

© 2021

Delving into the pressing topic of gender and politics, this volume provides fresh comparative perspectives on "what works" to promote women in politics today. Inspiring and informative, Women, Power, and Political Representation offers a comprehensive overview of the role women play in contemporary politics, and pinpoints the reasons behind their underrepresentation.

Discussing the challenges and opportunities women face when running for office, as well as their experiences as political leaders, this book offers a broad and thoughtful overview of the pitfalls encountered by women, from gender biases to sexual harassment, in the notoriously male dominated political arena. Featuring a range of voices that articulate a path towards women’s political advancement and equality, Women, Power, and Political Representation is an important and timely resource for scholars, students, and women working professionally in Canadian and international politics.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Roosmarijn de Geus is a postdoctoral fellow with the Nuffield Politics Research Centre at the University of Oxford.


    Erin Tolley is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University.


    Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant is an associate professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, and Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive.


    Peter John Loewen is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    Roosmarijn de Geus, Erin Tolley, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Peter John Loewen

    Part One: Canadian Perspectives on Women in Politics

    1. Women’s representation in Canadian federal cabinets 1980-2019
    Roosmarijn de Geus and Peter John Loewen

    2. Do Women Get Fewer Votes in Ontario Provincial Elections?
    Semra Sevi, AndrĂ© Blais and Vincent Arel-Bundock 

    3. News and Political Legitimacy: Gendered Mediation of Canadian Political Leaders 
    Linda Trimble 

    4. Adversarial politics: Understanding the colonial context of Indigenous women’s political participation in Canada
    Robyn Bourgeois

    Part Two: Comparative Perspectives on Women in Politics

    5. Missing the Wave? Women Congressional Candidates Who Lost in the 2018 Election 
    Julie Dolan, Paru Shah and Semilla Stripp 

    6. Black Women’s Hair Matters: The Uneasy Marriage of Electoral Politics (Dis)Respectability Politics 
    Nadia E. Brown

    7. Women in the Plenary: Verbal Participation in the Argentine Congress
    Tiffany D. Barnes and Victoria Beall

    8. Women as Party Leaders 
    Diana Z. O’Brien 

    9. A Question of Ethics? Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Legislatures of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada 
    Tracey Raney and Cheryl Collier 

    Part Three: Responses to Women’s Electoral Underrepresentation

    10. Gender Quotas and Beyond: Policy Solutions to Women’s Underrepresentation in Politics
    Magda Hinojosa, Miki Kittilson and Alexandra M. Williams 

    11. Quotas, Reserved Seats and Electoral Rules on Women Parliamentarians in Asia
    Netina Tan

    12. Changing Minds. Canadian Perspectives on Gender Quotas and Diversity.
    Chantal Maillé

    13. Gender Quotas and Women’s Political Representation: Lessons for Canada
    Susan Franceschet

    Part Four: New Research Directions 

    14. Making the Case for Women’s Representation: What, Who, and Why
    Kelly Dittmar

    15. Women in Parliament: From Presence to Impact Critical Actors in the Policy Making Process 
    Malliga Och

    16. Too feminine to be a leader? Systematic implicit biases against women politicians 
    Shan-Jan Sarah Liu

    17. Women in Politics: Beyond the heterosexual fantasy
    Manon Tremblay, PhD

    18. New Backlash? New Barriers? Assessing Women’s Contemporary Public Engagement 
    Sylvia Bashevkin

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