Gender (in)equality in democratic societies

In addition to social inequality, which is primarily based on class affiliation and education, gender differences are among the essential features of contemporary democracies. Even if the disadvantage of women within the education system is no longer a major issue, it persists in other areas of society. This applies to the family sphere as well as to the world of work. In this context, politics is no exception. More than 100 years after the introduction of women's suffrage in Germany, there is no question of gender equality in politics. Compared to men, women continue to be underrepresented in the majority of political institutions - this applies to the EU level as well as to the national level and to an even greater extent to the local level. Moreover, international comparisons show that Germany is no exception in this respect. The aim of this tutorial is therefore to learn about the extent and determinants of gender (in)equality in politics in international comparison.

Teaching language: German