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Diversity Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Descriptive Representation in the USA and UK

Evans, Elizabeth. 2016. Diversity Matters: Intersectionality and Women’s Descriptive Representation in the USA and UK. Parliamentary Affairs, 69(3), pp. 569-585. ISSN 0031-2290 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Women's organisations can help address some specific challenges faced by different groups of women during the political recruitment process. This article explores whether US and UK organisations do so. Legislative composition analysis confirms women of colour are under-represented, although they are better represented in the USA than in the UK; women with disabilities are under-represented in both countries, along with younger women in the USA and older women in the UK. Interviews with US women's organisations reveal a greater attention to diversity, particularly with regard to women of colour; however, the focus remains on increasing the overall number of women in both countries.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsv063

Keywords:

Diversity, Intersectionality, Political representation, Women

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
28 January 2016Published Online
1 October 2015Accepted

Item ID:

19005

Date Deposited:

06 Oct 2016 15:46

Last Modified:

29 Jan 2018 02:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19005

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