Women, Power, and Political Representation


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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.

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.

Praise for Women, Power, and Political Representation

Women, Power, and Political Representation brings together emerging and senior scholars who share new and cutting-edge insights into the varying and nuanced dynamics of gender, representation, and power. An excellent resource for students of electoral politics, this book is likely to become a staple for many."

Amanda Bittner, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Gender and Politics Lab, Memorial University of Newfoundland

"Women, Power, and Political Representation is a comprehensive account of the state of women's political presence in contemporary Canada. It showcases cutting-edge research regarding women's under-representation from diverse perspectives and locates the Canadian case in international context. The final four chapters set the direction for international research, drawing our attention to issues of backlash and intersectionality. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about women’s political under-representation and how to remedy it."

Rosie Campbell, Professor of Politics and Director of the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London

"Women, Power, and Political Representation offers a fresh and unique picture of women in politics, focusing on Canadian women and then extending out more broadly. The text features accessible, well-written, and clearly innovative contributions that would be useful to scholars and teachers across disciplines."

Mirya Holman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Tulane University

"Women, Power, and Political Representation approaches the very broad topic of ‘women in politics’ in a diverse and intersectional way. There is a lot of appetite for a volume like this, particularly from students who are first learning about the under-representation of women in politics."

Kelly Gordon, Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University