Madam President: Gender, Power, and the Comparative Presidency


Jalalzai, Farida. 2010. “Madam President: Gender, Power, and the Comparative Presidency.” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 31 (2): 132-65. 

Author: Farida Jalalzai


This article examines the paths and powers of women who have occupied presidential positions around the world from 1974 through 2008. While women have had less success in obtaining presidential posts compared to prime ministerial offices, there have been recent notable gains. Developing a typology of presidential positions, I find that presidential positions are still overwhelmingly dominated by men. Moreover, men tend to hold greater powers in their presidential posts than women. Strong women presidents are still exceedingly rare, particularly those elected by popular vote and absent familial ties to male leaders. Overall, the comparative presidency continues to be a male domain.

Topics: Gender, Women, Governance, Political Participation Regions: Americas, North America Countries: United States of America

Year: 2010

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