Abstract and Keywords
This chapter reviews trends regarding women in political leadership positions globally, focusing on the intersection between feminist movements and women in power. It discusses the spaces that enable women to enter the public sphere and the rationales that justify that entry. Women’s experiences in politics depend on available entry points and political space. The chapter discusses how women’s experiences in some areas inform women’s movements in others, looking at how women share strategies for overcoming common barriers in politics. The chapter also examines the recent trend away from promoting women’s equal representation and political rights toward promoting their political participation as a mean of achieving MDGs and transformational change. It analyzes global statistics on women in politics and the difficulty of mapping women’s leadership, and warns that the progress of recent decades has begun to stagnate or even regress, providing suggestions about why this is occurring and what can be done about it.
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