Gendering Pathways to Political Power
Georgetown University, 37 St NW and O St NW, Intercultural Center 662, Washington, DC, United States
The recent rise in the number of women national leaders (and aspirants such as Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin) has sparked renewed interest in the representation of women at the highest level of politics. However, to date, few studies have systematically tracked how women make it to executive office, and even fewer include New Zealand and Australia in their analysis. This paper reviews the careers of two women leaders: Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand for 9 years, and Julia Gillard, current Prime Minister of Australia and identifies what it takes for a woman to break the highest of glass ceilings.
Jennifer Curtin, PhD, is the recipient of a New Zealand Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, and is being co-hosted by the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. She teaches comparative politics and public policy at The University of Auckland and has published widely on comparative gender politics.