Can female politicians make us healthier?


  • Damian Clarke

    Assistant Professor, University of Chile

  • Sairah Zaidi

    Former Team Lead, Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan, DAI

  • Kurram Jilani

    Former Director of Programs, Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan, DAI


  • Host & Producer

    Megan Howe

    Global Health Communications Advisor, DAI

  • Artwork & Brand Design

    Kellie Dubois

    Art Director, DAI

Can female politicians make us healthier?

For much of history, women lived in a man’s world where men were simply assumed to be stronger, better, and smarter. Women, accordingly had limited opportunities for political participation, and were frequently excluded from decision making.

Thankfully, those attitudes seem to be shifting. According to the Gender Inequality Index, women on average hold about 25 percent of seats in parliaments globally, up from 13 percent in 2000—so, considerable progress has been made in just 20 years.

Parliamentary participation is part of the Gender Inequality Index discussed in Episode 2. It falls under the “empowerment” dimension. In theory, empowering women in society means a greater number of choices for women. But does it have an empirical benefit in improving women’s health?

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