A recent piece in the New York Times examined why, despite having made their way into leadership positions much earlier than women in many Western democracies, women in India struggle to win representation in the country’s parliament.
Among other experts weighing in, the Times turned to Amrita Basu, Amherst’s Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science and chair of sexuality, women's and gender studies, for an opinion.
She noted that the issue doesn’t seem to be in the final vote.
“When women are nominated to run for national elections, they actually do well,” she said. “The question is why a larger number is not nominated. I think it is some combination of societal prejudice, but also the growing criminalization of politics. To contest parliamentary elections is to be often subject to slander and abuse. Election campaigns have just become more violent, more corrupt, more dangerous.”