Political scientist weighs in on women executive leaders
Farida Jalalzai, assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, said the proportion of political women leaders is much greater than their male counterparts, according to an article in The Guardian in London.
“I think people choose some women because they think they are more likely to be benchwarmers per se and that they can ‘take on’ the identities of their male relatives better than a man who perhaps has his own independent political agenda,” Jalalzai told The Guardian. “Sometimes these women actually campaign that they will represent their male relative’s agenda and will utilise (sic) traditional conceptions of women’s role in the family in doing so. This often resonates with the public, who would not normally elect a woman to the position.”
Jalalzai is an expert on women in executive political leadership roles. She was quoted extensively in The Guardian’s article on Yingluck Shinawatra, who recently stepped out of her brother’s shadow to be come Thailand’s first female prime minister. Visit ow.ly/64QEN to read the article.
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