Women and Elections



Lesly Boateng

Professor Castillo

Political Science 4240

November 6, 2016

Women and Elections

Historically, women never had rights, let alone political rights. The gender gap between women and men isn’t unexpected, but moreover it is expected especially for countries in Latin America. Time has change rapidly for women and they have come along way which is why they vote differently than the men do. Chile and Argentina women may have voted as conservative because they may feel as though their needs aren’t being considered. For example, the abortion laws across Latin America is a difficult  and personal topic that may never change. Women want government to understand that abortion is there own personal responsibility, so government shouldn’t be associated with that aspect. They want the freedom to purse their own personal life without any restriction from government officials. Though, not all women vote as conservative because it all depends on the women’s background. The women who don’t vote as conservative tend to be liberal since they have now become opened to a new life style. According to research its usually women that have been divorce or that come from a non-traditional family. However, these are the same women that may have kids one day and that will remarry. This is when the gender gaps may increase or decrease and women aren’t taken seriously.  Votes amongst women’s compared to men in Latin America are taken not only seriously, but personally.

The representation in executive cabinets for women will continue to increase as time passes. The best way for it to increase rapidly is if women were to be viewed strong enough like men are viewed. Also, if women officials learn to put their emotions aside when it comes to political matters. The truth of the matter is that women are natural nurtures and these characteristic may never change, so it will continue to take time for Latin American female officials to gain political respect.