Whicker, Marcia Lynn; Isaacs, Hedy L
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Gendering the political executive's space: The changing landscape
Whitaker, Lois Duke
Women in politics: Outsiders or insiders?:A collection of readings
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Asserts that male domination as political executives is coming to an end, albeit slowly and looks at the factors that enable as well as limit the scope of female participation and presence in politics. The authors argue that these factors are inherently paradoxical, as on the one hand they are seen as pre-requisites for the female politician and on the other hand they are responsible for the lack of support female politicians receive. Additionally, the paper asserts that there are women who have gone on to assume leadership roles in certain countries and regions of the world despite biases associated with their age, class and cultural differences. These women are seen as strong leaders who have had access to education or who may have been influenced by family members who held positions in political leadership. The arguments are substantiated by examples and statistics from different countries.....