Working together across religious, ethnic, and class divisions, African women are helping to formulate legislation and foster democracies more inclusive of women's interests. ""Women in African Parliaments"" explores this phenomenon, examining the impact and experiences of African women as they seek increased representation in national legislatures. The authors' carefully constructed case studies allow cross-national comparisons of the range of strategies that African women have used to achieve greater involvement in national politics. A unique feature of the work is the voices of African women themselves, who explain how they achieved or continue to fight for electoral success, how they learned to work with lifelong adversaries, and how they have begun to transform their parliaments.
Gretchen Bauer is associate professor of political science and associate dean for social sciences and history at the University of Delaware. Hannah E. Britton is assistant professor of women's studies and political science at the University of Kansas.
Women in African Parliaments: A Continental Shift? - the Editors. Mozambique: Empowering Women Through Family Law - J.L. Disney. South Africa: Mainstreaming Gender in a New Democracy - H.E. Britton. Namibia: Losing Ground Without Mandatory Quotas - G. Bauer. Uganda: Agents of Change for Women's Advancement? - A.M. Tripp. Rwanda: Achieving Equality or Serving an Authoritarian State? - T. Longman. Senegal: Contending with Religious Constraints - L. Creevey. The Virtuous Circle of Representation: Women in African Parliaments - S. Hassim. Appendix: Interviews with African Women MPs.