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By Michelle A. Saint-Germain,Cynthia Chavez Metoyer

During the years among 1980 and 1999, in the middle of warfare and fiscal concern, a checklist variety of girls have been elected to nationwide legislatures in valuable American republics. Can quantitative raises within the presence of elected girls in imperative the US produce qualitative political changes?

In this distinct examine, Michelle A. Saint-Germain and Cynthia Chavez Metoyer discover the explanations for this remarkable political upward thrust of ladies, and what influence it has had at the area. concentrating on Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the authors study nationwide and nearby signs to judge quite a few hypotheses about the purposes for women's electoral luck within the quarter, in addition to to make comparisons with findings from different global areas. They locate that the election of extra ladies depends upon 3 issues: the presence of a difficulty, a pool of politically skilled ladies, and a tradition of gender recognition. additionally they evaluate the features of critical American ladies legislators to ladies in different nationwide legislatures round the world.

The authors record how elected ladies have used their policy-making strength to start to alter the lives of all principal american citizens, men and women alike. in additional than seventy-five in-depth, own interviews, those girls legislators contemplate their lives, political careers, and gender identities of their personal phrases, offering deep insights into fresh occasions during this region.

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