Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Women constitute over half of the world's population and enjoy, at least in the eyes of the law, full participatory political license-the right to vote and run for any elective office-in nearly all nation states. Despite this apparent environment of opportunity, women remain grossly underrepresented in national legislatures throughout the world. Exactly why nearly worldwide de jure political equality has not translated into a comparable increase in women's representation in elected office is a question often addressed in current political research. If the prevailing attitude toward women has changed enough to afford women the legal opportunity for participation, why is this impetus for involvement not borne out in the ranks of the world's legislatures?