Abigail L. Tootell '17, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2015


Political Science


A critical factor of gender and development is the political empowerment of women. Beyond this equality, however, what are the effects of women in government? This paper investigates these effects by examining the relationship between the percentage of women in parliament and overall government effectiveness. The research strongly supports the theory that women are more effective political leaders than their male counterparts.


This paper was written for Prof. Caroline Hartzell's course, POL 303: Topics in International Relations: Women and the Political Economy of Development, Spring 2015.