Do women legislators have different policy priorities than their male colleagues? A critical case test Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper proposes that findings in existing literature concerning the policy priorities of women legislators in Nordic countries, the United States, and Argentina may also be generalized to less developed countries where support for women in politics is minimal. Past studies in countries where women have achieved comparatively high levels of representation report that women legislators show a higher legislative priority on issues concerning women's rights and children and families. Using data on bill initiation, this paper analyzes gender differences in the Honduran Congress from the 1990-93 and 1994-97 terms. Findings are similar to previous studies in that women appear to place a higher priority on women's rights issues; however, we find that women do not have a higher priority than men on children's and family issues. Examination of bill debate shows that women are more frequent participants in debates of bills involving women's rights and children's and family issues than of bills concerning issues that have traditionally concerned men. 2003 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

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altmetric score

  • 16

author list (cited authors)

  • Taylor-Robinson, M. M., & Heath, R. M.

citation count

  • 110

complete list of authors

  • Taylor-Robinson, MM||Heath, RM

publication date

  • January 2003