Jul 12, 2016

You might hate gender quotas, but they work

Enforced gender quotas increase the number of women in parliament, but merely reporting the number of women does very little, write Dr Victor Sojo and Dr Melissa Wheeler of the Centre for Ethical Leadership, University of Melbourne.

Australia’s 45th Parliament could have 43 women MPs sitting among its 150 members. But they are not equally split between the parties. The Liberal-National Coalition is likely to have just 13 women among their 76 MPs, while the Labor Party is projected to have 28 women in their 69-seat bloc; that’s 17.1% compared to 40.6%. Rebekha Sharkie from the Nick Xenophon Team and independent Cathy McGowan will take their places on the crossbench.

The ALP currently has a gender quota of 40% female MPs, with the goal of increasing the quota to 50-50 within the next 10 years. Results from the 2016 election demonstrate clearly the effectiveness of quotas for increasing the representation of women in leadership.

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  1. klewso

    Had to laugh at The Drum last night – the subject of “women in politics” came up and the discrimination they face – May’s being childless and therefore “less fit to be UK PM” was specifically referred too?
    Of course that “criteria” was nominated by Andrea Leadsom – which didn’t seem worth mentioning?

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