Women in Political Positions and Countries' Level of Happiness

Stefan Kabene, Said Baadel, Zahra Jiwani, Vanessa Lobo

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This study discusses the relationship between a country’s happiness, and relevant country characteristics including gender inequality, levels of corruption, and the percentage of women in parliamentary positions. The aim of the study is to understand how these variables change according to female representation in political leadership. Secondary source data was collected and correlation analyses were performed between the variables using the SPSS statistical program. Results show that the lower the Gender Inequality Index, the higher the percentage of Women in Parliament Positions and the higher the Happiness Index. Furthermore, the results indicate that a higher number of women in leadership position is associated with a lower corruption level and a higher degree of Happiness. Results suggest that the context in which women reach political positions is characterized by less corruption and gender inequality alongside greater happiness in the country.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-217
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2017


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