Getting to the Top Career Paths of Women in Latin American Cabinets Academic Article uri icon


  • Are presidential cabinets gendered institutions? This important question has been ignored for Latin America to date. In this article, the authors propose four benchmarks for evaluating whether presidential cabinets should be classified as gendered institutions. If they are we should observe (1) that there are differences in career length, continuity, and mobility between men and women; (2) that women receive feminine domain posts and men masculine ones; (3) that masculine ministries offer greater potential for upward mobility; and (4) that women must be better qualified than men to receive appointments. Using data from eighteen Latin American countries from 1980 to 2003, the authors analyze the degree to which cabinets conform to these criteria. They conclude that even though women are starting to gain appointments to high-profile and to masculine domain cabinet posts, the overall evidence supports the conclusion that there are gendered patterns to cabinet appointments.

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altmetric score

  • 15

author list (cited authors)

  • Escobar-Lemmon, M., & Taylor-Robinson, M. M.

citation count

  • 105

complete list of authors

  • Escobar-Lemmon, Maria||Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M

publication date

  • December 2009