Women in Legislative Studies: Improving Gender Equality

Eleanor Neff Powell, Leslie Schwindt-Bayer, Gisela Sin

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Representation of women in the field of legislative politics is remarkably small and the absence of women has wide-ranging ramifications. In Fall 2019, we surveyed 361 women that we identified as studying legislative politics within political science to understand why women's representation in legislative studies is so low and what we can do about it. We found that many women study legislatures, but they do not always identify as scholars of legislative studies, often do not join the Legislative Studies Section, and tend to prioritize other journals over Legislative Studies Quarterly, the official journal of the section. In this article, we discuss several solutions to the problem of women's underrepresentation in legislative studies, including the new Women in Legislative Studies initiative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-597
Number of pages7
JournalPS - Political Science and Politics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 15 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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