Rounding the Tables of Legislative Decision Making: Women in Sub-Saharan African Politics
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
Dr. Kimberly S. Adams
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania