For those of you who missed Dr. Adriana Piatti-Crocker’s sabbatical presentation on March 24th, on “Why Women’s Descriptive Representation Still Matters: The Case of Argentina”, please watch this video recording.
In this presentation, Dr. Piatti-Crocker explores the gender-diversifying effects that well-conceived and implemented gender quotas and parity laws have had in Argentina’s national and subnational legislatures. She examines how institutional factors (electoral, party systems, quota design) have contributed to the relative success of quotas in Argentina, though more unevenly in its provinces due to wide-ranging institutional and cultural factors. She also explores how the absence of quotas or parity systems in both the executive and judicial branches of government in Argentina, has led to a pervasive underrepresentation of women in public posts of high hierarchy. This shows that well designed quotas are critical to ensure the fair representation of women in Argentina and should be expanded to other branches of government beyond legislatures.
Dr. Piatti Crocker is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Global Studies Program. She has a law degree (LLB) from the University of La Plata Argentina and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She specializes in Latin American politics and has a strong background in international law. Her research interests include the study of gender quota legislation and other institutional mechanisms for women, and international and regional organizations, particularly those concerned with gender, such as the Inter-American Commission of Women (OAS).