Taking Charge

Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer

in Political Power and Women’s Representation in Latin America

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731954
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866571 | DOI:
Taking Charge

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Legislators also do substantive representation by serving in leadership posts in the legislature and sitting on committees. This chapter presents descriptive statistics on the chamber leadership posts that women have held in Argentina, Colombia, and Costa Rica over the past 30 years showing the paucity of women in leadership. Then, it analyzes committee assignments showing that women are more likely than men to sit on women’s issue committees, but significant gender differences exist in other types of committee assignments, particularly in Argentina and Costa Rica. Finally, it shows that women are less likely to serve as committee presidents in all three countries. Women are getting elected to legislatures, but they are not making their way into chamber or committee leadership posts, and in some legislatures, they are not gaining access to the full spectrum of committees in the chamber.

Keywords: women; substantive representation; committee assignments; committee leadership; chamber leadership; Argentina; Colombia; Costa Rica

Chapter.  11050 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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