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The Complicated Relationship between Sex, Gender and the Substantive Representation of Women

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Childs, Sarah

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Abstract Simply counting the numbers of women present in politics is an inadequate basis for theorizing the difference they might make. Drawing on research on British MPs (interviews with Labour women MPs first elected in 1997, analysis of Labour MPs’ voting behaviour and signing of early day motions in the 1997 parliament, and MPs’ participation in parliamentary debates accompanying the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act), this article shows how insights gained from empirical research can inform and improve our theorizing. It suggests that the relationship between women’s descriptive and substantive representation is better conceived as complicated rather than straightforward.
Keywords gender
Free Keywords British politics; New Labour; sex; women’s descriptive and substantive representation;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 7-21
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 13 (2006) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)