The institutionalisation of sexism in politics


  • Joni Lovenduski

    1. Anniversary Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. She was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies by the Political Studies Association last year. The research for this article was conducted within the Leverhulme Trust funded Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament Programme.
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Women remain significantly under-represented in political life. A major part of the problem, writes Joni Lovenduski, is that female marginalisation is hardwired into the traditional institutions within which politics takes place.