Essay on Legislative Measures, As Well As Grassroots Movements

1514 Words Dec 11th, 2016 7 Pages
Legislative measures, as well as grassroots movements can also play a role in increasing female political representation. Many legislative measures, although not related to political representation directly, have been put in place to increase the autonomy of women and move closer towards gender equity. These laws focus on three main areas that most influence gender inequality—institutions (i.e. social norms and markets), households and families, and the economy. “Households and families shape gender relations from early in a person’s life,” (King and Mason 99) but households are often influenced by the community around them. If laws and public policy programs target said communities to boost economic growth in the community as a whole, individual households will have less constraints on resources that, in the past, may have forced them to choose between investing in their sons or daughters (King and Mason 120). If communities and households invest in more young women, those young women are more likely to achieve and potentially have the resources and education to enter the political sphere. Legislation also targets the problems of gender-related violence and lack of land rights, particularly in developing countries, and in addressing these particular issues, aims to get closer to gender equality in the private sphere as well as the public. It is important to bring the private sphere into the political conversation because failure to do so, “diminishes the power of formal…

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