Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe

Clyde Wilcox, Beth Stark and Sue Thomas

in Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780199246861
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601965 | DOI:

Series: Gender and Politics

 Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe

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This chapter examines the demand for women in the legislatures of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. There is currently little demand for female legislators, with a prevailing attitude in many countries that men make better political leaders. Although this view is most evident among older less educated citizens, it is sufficiently echoed by younger and better educated women. Support for the women’s movement in Eastern and Central Europe appears to be for a non-feminist, maternalist movement; men and women generally believe that the role of homemaker and mother is essential to a woman’s happiness.

Keywords: legislatures; post-communist democracies; Central Europe; Eastern Europe; women candidates; women’s movement; gender attitudes; public support; women in politics

Chapter.  8455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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