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The Role of Women in Legislature: Mexican Congresswomen Representing Women?

Komakhidze, Maya LU (2018) MIDM19 20181
Department of Human Geography
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
As women are increasingly becoming a part of political life on par with men, their role in politics is charged with diverse beliefs and expectations from all segments of society (constituents, women’s groups, the media). On top of increasing female presence in legislatures, they are expected to represent female constituents’ concerns, be representative of femininity, break gender stereotypes, etc. Women’s own conception of their role as representatives and their own motivations for engaging in politics often get diluted in this complex and at times controversial mix of expectations and demands. This thesis argues that we cannot truly understand women’s political representation unless we give voice to women’s own views on their role in... (More)
As women are increasingly becoming a part of political life on par with men, their role in politics is charged with diverse beliefs and expectations from all segments of society (constituents, women’s groups, the media). On top of increasing female presence in legislatures, they are expected to represent female constituents’ concerns, be representative of femininity, break gender stereotypes, etc. Women’s own conception of their role as representatives and their own motivations for engaging in politics often get diluted in this complex and at times controversial mix of expectations and demands. This thesis argues that we cannot truly understand women’s political representation unless we give voice to women’s own views on their role in politics. At the point in the Mexican history when female legislators are finding their place in the traditionally male-dominated field of politics, the following thesis studies how women in the Congress of Guanajuato interpret their role as representatives, who do they feel responsible to represent and what representation means to them. Based on qualitative interviews, the research finds that women primarily see their role in motivating girls to get involved in politics, changing the cultural norms that put barriers to it and introducing feminine perspective into policy-making. (Less)
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author
Komakhidze, Maya LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM19 20181
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Women's political representation, Mexico, political participation
language
English
id
8939603
date added to LUP
2018-09-03 11:28:09
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2018-09-03 11:28:09
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  abstract     = {As women are increasingly becoming a part of political life on par with men, their role in politics is charged with diverse beliefs and expectations from all segments of society (constituents, women’s groups, the media). On top of increasing female presence in legislatures, they are expected to represent female constituents’ concerns, be representative of femininity, break gender stereotypes, etc. Women’s own conception of their role as representatives and their own motivations for engaging in politics often get diluted in this complex and at times controversial mix of expectations and demands. This thesis argues that we cannot truly understand women’s political representation unless we give voice to women’s own views on their role in politics. At the point in the Mexican history when female legislators are finding their place in the traditionally male-dominated field of politics, the following thesis studies how women in the Congress of Guanajuato interpret their role as representatives, who do they feel responsible to represent and what representation means to them. Based on qualitative interviews, the research finds that women primarily see their role in motivating girls to get involved in politics, changing the cultural norms that put barriers to it and introducing feminine perspective into policy-making.},
  author       = {Komakhidze, Maya},
  keyword      = {Women's political representation,Mexico,political participation},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Role of Women in Legislature: Mexican Congresswomen Representing Women?},
  year         = {2018},
}