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By Michelle A. Saint-Germain

During the years among 1980 and 1999, in the middle of warfare and fiscal quandary, a list variety of girls have been elected to nationwide legislatures in crucial American republics. Can quantitative raises within the presence of elected ladies in primary the USA produce qualitative political changes?

In this designated research, Michelle A. Saint-Germain and Cynthia Chavez Metoyer discover the explanations for this exceptional political upward push of girls, and what impression it has had at the quarter. targeting Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, the authors learn nationwide and nearby symptoms to guage a number of hypotheses about the purposes for women's electoral good fortune within the quarter, in addition to to make comparisons with findings from different international areas. They locate that the election of extra girls relies on 3 issues: the presence of a quandary, a pool of politically skilled ladies, and a tradition of gender recognition. additionally they examine the features of imperative American girls legislators to ladies in different nationwide legislatures round the world.

The authors record how elected girls have used their policy-making energy to start to alter the lives of all crucial americans, men and women alike. in additional than seventy-five in-depth, own interviews, those girls legislators contemplate their lives, political careers, and gender identities of their personal phrases, offering deep insights into fresh occasions during this region.

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