New Zealand Embassy Washington, United States of America

What gets women elected? Lessons from NZ and the US

Dr Jennifer Curtin is a NZ Fulbright Senior Scholar.

On 10 December, the New Zealand Embassy hosted a presentation by Dr Jennifer Curtin, a visiting Fulbright scholar from the University of Auckland, on “What gets women elected: Comparing New Zealand and the United States”.

New Zealand has long been considered a leader in terms of women's political participation.  In recent decades the country witnessed a growing number of women in prestigious offices, such as Governor-General and Chief Justice, elected to Parliament, entering Cabinet and becoming Prime Minister. The presentation focused on how New Zealand’s parliamentary system and its institutional design cleared the way for women to take on political leadership roles.  Dr Curtin focused on the influx of women in parliament following the introduction of proportional representation in 1996 and compared this to the United States’ majoritarian voting system. 

Dr Curtin is one of two New Zealanders at Georgetown University as a New Zealand Fulbright Senior Scholar, and is being co-hosted by the Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. She teaches comparative politics and public policy at the University of Auckland and has published widely on women's political representation. 


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