Rounding the Tables of Legislative Decision Making: Women in Sub-Saharan African Politics

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This paper examines the effects of political, socioeconomic and cultural influences upon the percentage of women in Sub-Saharan African Parliaments. Unlike previous studies on the subject, this study includes the PREG (Politically Relevant Ethnic Groups) variable as a cultural measure to determine the influence of ethnic diversity on the percentage of women in national parliaments in sub-Saharan Africa. While the findings indicate that political, socioeconomic and cultural influences affect the percent of women in the parliaments of Sub-Saharan Africa, the PREG variable is rendered statistically insignificant when explaining the percent of women in lower chambers of the Sub-Saharan African parliaments.

Keywords: Women in African Parliaments, Women in Sub-Saharan African Politics
Stream: Nations, Nationalism, Communities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: , Ethnic Heterogeneity and Female Political Representation in Sub-Saharan Africa: Toward a Better Measure,

Dr. Kimberly S. Adams

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg, PA, USA

Dr. Kimberly S. Adams is the President and Managing Director of Adams Political Research & Consulting. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Political Science at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Adams' areas of teaching include American National Government, Women and Politics, Race and Ethnicity in American Politics, Political Parties, Political Communication, the Institutions of Government, and Campaigns and Elections. Dr. Adams' research explores the agenda setting behavior of non-traditional legislators (i.e. - women and African-Americans). She has presented academic papers on women and politics at the state, national and international levels.

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