In contrast to other parts of the developing world, sub-Saharan Africa has made marked progress towards gender parity in national parliaments. Using data from as recent as May 2007, we examine cultural, socio-economic and political variations of the region in an effort to explain their increasing numbers of female representatives in parliament. Currently, Rwanda leads the world with 48.8 percent women in its lower chamber of parliament, while Comoros has 3.0 percent female percent representation in its parliament. This study identifies and measures political, socio-economic and cultural variables that affect the percentage of women in the national parliaments of 46 sub-Saharan African countries. Our findings indicate that cultural, socio-economic, and political forces all influence the percentage of women in sub-Saharan African parliaments. More specifically, our findings reveals that political quotas, the type of political quota, the percentage of females in the paid labor force, the year women gained suffrage, and religion, all impact the share of women in the parliaments of sub-Saharan Africa.
|Keywords:||Women in Sub-Saharan African Politics|
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, PA, USA
Graduate Student, Department of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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