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978-1-4985-3439-0 • Hardback • December 2016 • $88.00 • (£68.00)
978-1-4985-3440-6 • eBook • December 2016 • $83.50 • (£64.00)
Fernanda Vidal Correa is a research fellow at Panamerican University.
Chapter 1: The Representation of Women in Mexican States: An Introduction to the Research
Chapter 2: Pathways to Gender Parity: Federal And Local Amendments, Future Judicial Reviews
Chapter 3: Political Parties and the Representation of Women
Chapter 4: The Informal System: Political Networks, Clientelism and Political Capital
Chapter 5: Women’s Conditions in Mexican State Politics
Fernanda Vidal raises critical questions that have long concerned those of us invested in understanding the effects on women's empowerment brought by the newly acquired democratic life in Mexico. How do federal institutional designs relate to or influence women's political participation? How have political parties influence women's path towards politically successful positions? And, what do cultural and gendered stereotypes have meant for women's political careers? Fernanda's book is also for anyone concerned with Latin American politics and gendered institutional designs, male dominated networks supporting patriarchal and clientelist systems, and women's political pathways in federally designed politics.
— Alicia Girón, UNAM
Women in Mexican Politics provides an original and timely study showing how much there is to learn from the experiences of women involved in Mexican political parties and politics. Through interviews and quantitative analysis, Vidal Correa tackles the thornier issues of gender quotas and parity, and documents at a time of major political party turmoil how women have become central to every level of political participation in Mexico. This is a significant contribution to understanding political transformations relevant to scholars of gender and democracy in general.
— Matthew Gutmann, Brown University
This book focuses on the challenges that women participation in the political management of all the states of Mexico face, even in today´s legal context which tends to establish parity between men and women. The researcher rigorously demonstrated, using newly acquired data and semi-structured interviews, how social practices, informal political processes and socioeconomic conditions, affected the participation of women in local politics. Her interviewees suggested that discrimination against women in the distribution of nominations is exacerbated by the role of women in party networks, in their lack of monetary independence; short political careers; lack of seniority within the parties; the intricate road they have to travel to construct their own political capital and, in some cases, the domestic violence they endure. This book is essential for those who are seriously committed with the struggle against inequities.
— Silvia Berger, IAFFE, President-Elect