Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jennifer Piscopo on "Do Women Change Politics?"

The Politics Department invites the college community to attend a talk by Politics Search Candidate Professor Jennifer Piscopo of Salem College.


  • Location: Swan North A15
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Sponsor: Politics

Does increasing women's legislative representation lead to policy responsiveness in the area of gender equality? Women comprise over 30 percent of the legislature in both Argentina and Mexico, but Argentina has passed more significant and more radical gender equality reforms. Using an original, large-n dataset and over 70 field interviews, I argue that legislative institutions, namely committee and caucus systems, condition female politicians' policy success. Paradoxically, when women's caucuses are strong, as in Mexico, the resultant policies are less assertive about women's legal and social equality. Argentina's weaker institutions actually allow female politicians to advocate for stronger equality reforms.