Representing Women Chapter uri icon


  • This chapter examines the ways in which women's representation of women's interests varies across countries, over time, and across political venues in Latin America. It creates a typology of women's interests bills that moves from a narrow definition of women's interests as women's rights and equality bills to a broader definition that considers children and family issues and pro-poor issues. The chapter analyzes the bill sponsorship patterns of male and female legislators and cabinet ministers in Colombia and Costa Rica to answer the questions: Do women represent women's interests? Do men? And how does this vary across measures of women's interests? This analysis finds that the definition of women's interests does produce different patterns of representation across countries, over time, and across venues.

author list (cited authors)

  • Escobar-Lemmon, M. C., Schwindt-Bayer, L. A., & Taylor-Robinson, M. M.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Escobar-Lemmon, Maria C||Schwindt-Bayer, Leslie A||Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M

editor list (cited editors)

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

Book Title

  • Representation

publication date

  • June 2014