From an article in FairVote, Democracy Chronicles’ friends, by Haly Jungwirth. FairVote is a nonpartisan nonprofit, an organization with its headquarters in Takoma Park, Maryland:
Today, people across the world are marking International Women’s Day by celebrating the accomplishments of women past, present, and future. Here at FairVote, we are taking this opportunity to highlight how women around the world benefit from proportional representation because it encourages women to reach the highest levels of power, without being told to ‘wait their turn’.
Around the globe, women are twice as likely to be elected in the countries that use proportional representation than they are in a winner-take-all system like ours. Across the 78 countries that use proportional representation, women make up 28% of legislative bodies on average, compared to 25% in the 38 countries that used a mixed system. This percentage under proportional representation is also higher than the American national average of 25% of the legislators.
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