New Trends in Women and Politics in Africa

  • Aili Mari TrippEmail author
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This chapter looks at the increase in women as legislators, presidents, prime ministers, chief justices, and in other political leadership roles that took place after 1990 in Africa. It explores the reasons for this increase, linking it to political liberalization and a decline in major conflicts on the continent. It also took place within the context of changing international norms regarding gender equality, resulting in authoritarian and democratic rulers alike seeking internal and external legitimacy by promoting women as political leaders. Women’s movements similarly played a key role in bringing about these changes. The article shows the limits of many of the arguments used to explain women’s leadership cross-nationally and how they do not necessary explain African dynamics. Regional dynamics and even subcontinental dynamics need to be accounted for.


Women Legislatures Executive Judiciary Quotas Post-conflict dynamics 


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