Unexplored Aspects of Women Substantive Representation: Considering new Settings, Actors, Institutions and Interconnections
Building: Anthropole Floor: 2 Room: 2024
Research on the substantive representation of women has considered national legislative chambers as the primary setting for, and left-wing women the key actors in, representing women. This panel explores women’s substantive representation in “new” places and spaces, and by actors we might not expect to be representing women. Several papers examine the substantive representation of women in understudied world regions, at the supranational level, and at the local level; others unpack the black box of left-wing female representatives – offering a richer picture of which women represent which women, and why. These research directions capture under-theorized trends in women’s representation - such as how committees on gender facilitate situations in which men act for women, and the possibility of non-gender-specific committees acting for women. Collectively, these papers bring innovation and nuance to the “where” and “how” of women’s representation, drawing scholars’ attention to overlooked areas and spheres of political activity.