The Gender Quotas Blog

This blog is part of a project funded by the Jean Monnet Life Long Learning Programme “Gender quotas in Europe: Towards European Parity Citizenship?” and the European University Institute Research Council, under the scientific coordination of Professors Ruth Rubio-Marín and Eléonore Lépinard.

Gender quotas are part of a global trend to improve women’s representation in decision-making bodies. In the past decade they have often been extended in terms of the numbers to be reached (40 or 50% instead of 30%), and in terms of the social field they should apply to (from politics to the economy to the administration). The aim of the project is to assess and analyse this global trend in the European context, comparing the adoption (or resistance to) gender quotas in 13 European countries in the fields of electoral politics, corporate boards and public bodies.

This project investigates legal struggles and political mobilisation around gender quotas in: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the U.K.

This blog is the first one to provide systematic, in-depth qualitative and comparative data on gender quotas in European countries.

On this blog you will find these qualitative case-studies for each country, as well as a country information sheet summary which collects all the relevant and timely data about each country policies with respect to gender quotas.

Additional information on the countries and new developments of the project will be shared on this blog. You can share information on gender quotas on this blog by leaving a comment.

Here, you can find the full video of the conference that took place at the European University Institute on the 11th of September 2014.