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“Women more likely to recruit other women for political office” @iknow_politics #hwhtw

Women more likely to recruit other women for political office

The gender composition of those responsible for candidate recruitment plays a crucial role in either encouraging or discouraging women candidates to run for office, according to a recent study in Political Research Quarterly (PRQ) published by SAGE on behalf of the Western Political Science Association.

“Researchers Christine Cheng and Margit Tavits looked at “party gatekeepers” (local party presidents) from the five major political parties in the 2004 and 2006 Canadian national elections. Unlike the US, the nomination of party candidates for the Canadian Parliament is solely the prerogative of the local party associations, and local presidents are in a position to both formally and informally influence the nomination of candidates. The research found an important relationship between the gender of party gatekeepers and who ultimately is nominated to run for office.”

Read the press release: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-08/sp-wml080511.php

Read the full article: http://prq.sagepub.com/content/64/2/460.full.pdf+html

August 12, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Mentorship and Skill-Building for Effective Women’s Advocacy

More from the Democracy That Delivers for Women Conference:

The panel on “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” emphasized the importance of mentoring and sharing knowledge for giving women a voice in the political process. 

Shari Bryan of the National Democratic Institute noted the success of the “IKnowPolitics” website: mentors and peers share advice and best practices to help other women run for office – and win.

Michelle Bekkering of the International Republican Institute cited a World Bank study that found that an 8% increase in women in a country’s national parliament corresponded with a 20% drop in corruption, but noted that women activists often complain that women at the top (Presidents and Prime Ministers) “aren’t working to bring other women up the ladder.”

Nancy Mills of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity said that economic and political advocacy are linked: women gain skills in economic advocacy that allow them to move into political advocacy.

June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment


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