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Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe$
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Richard E. Matland and Kathleen A. Montgomery

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246861

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199246866.001.0001

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Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe

Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe

(p.43) 3 Popular Support for Electing Women in Eastern Europe
Women's Access to Political Power in Post-Communist Europe

Clyde Wilcox

Beth Stark

Sue Thomas

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the demand for women in the legislatures of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. There is currently little demand for female legislators, with a prevailing attitude in many countries that men make better political leaders. Although this view is most evident among older less educated citizens, it is sufficiently echoed by younger and better educated women. Support for the women’s movement in Eastern and Central Europe appears to be for a non-feminist, maternalist movement; men and women generally believe that the role of homemaker and mother is essential to a woman’s happiness.

Keywords:   legislatures, post-communist democracies, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, women candidates, women’s movement, gender attitudes, public support, women in politics

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