Research shows that representation matters a great deal: young women and girls who have been exposed to female political leaders are more ambitious about their career path. Women are also more prone to report violence against women and other criminal acts to the police. Research has also shown that issues women find important are more often addressed by female leaders than by their male counterparts. According to a recent report by UNWomen, the latter especially has positive long-term effects. Focusing on healthcare and education reduces child mortality rates, increases employment, and ensures goods are being distributed more fairly.
A Canadian study revealed that women in politics have a noticeable positive impact on national industry, international relations, defense, climate issues, science, and agriculture. In short, getting more women elected is not just good for democracy and emancipation, but for society as a whole.
According to research by Prodemos and Atria, a more diverse political landscape improves the quality of a democracy. This leads to:
• More legitimacy in the decision-making process: because citizens feel the people making decisions are just like them, they’re more likely to agree with those decisions.
• Increased representation: when women feel better represented, they feel like they’re being heard.
• Increased efficiency, because diversity allows for better teamwork.
• Increased reach for government policy: women generally frequent other networks, which they can then connect to government.
• Putting issues that matter to women on the political agenda.
• Greater expertise in decentralized industries, like healthcare.