Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

Political Science

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

Does the amount of women in the legislature have an effect on the type of legislation passed? Wide variation exists in gender parity across countries; however, whether or not the amount of women in legislatures has an effect on the type of policy that is proposed and/or passed by the government is largely overlooked. In this analysis, I analyze the percentage of women in the legislature and six measures of women’s rights in 139 countries. I have found that there exists a small positive statistical relationship between the percentage of women in the lower legislature and the more legislation passed that benefits women in the country.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Timothy Rich

Disciplines

Comparative Politics | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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