OEF Research: Why Female Heads of State Have Declined in Recent Years

Poster of former Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Seeing a sudden decline in female heads of government since 2014, OEF Researchers Kelsey Coolidge and Curtis Bell delved into what might be explaining this trend, in an article in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog. In 2016 alone, not only did Hillary Clinton and Keiko Fujimori of Peru lose extremely contentious presidential elections, Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff and South Korea’s Park Geun-hye were forced from power. Half as many women hold the highest political office as did in the beginning of 2014.

More detail and analysis on the data behind the Monkey Cage article is available on OEF Research's site

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