Why Women Mobilize: Dissecting and Dismantling India’s Political Gender Gap


Thursday, November 15, 2018, 11:40am to 1:00pm


WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102
Soledad Prillaman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford University
In India, there persists a striking gender gap in political participation and representation. This political gender gap persists despite decades of democracy and universal adult suffrage, rapid economic development, and large-scale policies aimed at women's political empowerment. Women's political participation is important not only on normative grounds of inclusion, but because research shows that when women do participate, politics changes. Presenting findings from her book project, Soledad Prillaman evaluates the importance of social networks for women's political empowerment and documents how women who have become active political agents  are received and resisted by traditional political networks.