Title

Women’s Access to Political Leadership in Madagascar: The Value of History and Social Activism?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

Globally, wide gaps exist between men’s and women’s participation in leadership roles. This paper explores women’s access to leadership in Madagascar through an examination of women’s participation in politics and government. Research across the literature found three major reasons for women’s political participation: gender quotas, kinship and societal upheaval. However, upon examining Madagascar, women’s participation in leadership involves factors, which were not fully explored in this literature. The historical legacy of Madagascar and women’s social and political activism were the principal factors in women’s participation in leadership. The findings might have implications in explaining women’s access to leadership roles.

Journal Title

Journal of International Women's Studies

Volume

17

Issue

4

First Page

132

Last Page

142

First Department

Behavioral Sciences