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'For the elections we want women!': closing the gender gap in Zambian politics

Evans, Alice (2016) 'For the elections we want women!': closing the gender gap in Zambian politics. Development and Change, 47 (2). pp. 388-411. ISSN 0012-155X

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Identification Number: 10.1111/dech.12224


This article examines the causes of women's rising political participation in Zambia. It argues that women's historical paucity in politics was largely the result of widely-shared gender stereotypes. These are now weakening due to growing flexibility in gender divisions of labour, which has been catalysed by worsening economic security. By performing work previously presumed to be beyond their abilities and valorized because of its association with masculinity, such women are increasingly perceived as equally capable of leadership. This gradual erosion of gender beliefs has fostered women's political participation and leadership in Zambia.

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Additional Information: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2014 15:47
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:11
Projects: ES/H013210/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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