The primary function of the political system is to represent its people. That alone is reason enough to elect more women, even if we disregard all the positive effects doing so would have on society. Right now, women are severely underrepresented in politics. That means women’s voices are not being heard as often as those of men, and that means their perspective isn’t taken fully into account. This goes particularly from women from even more underrepresented groups like women of color, women with disabilities, and people from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Studies show that proper political representation will lead to a more accurate reflection of social issues on the political agenda. In turn, that leads to more legitimacy and representation, greater reach for policy decisions, and greater expertise in decentralized industries, like healthcare. Diverse teams also communicate better and pay more attention to their own actions and mutual differences, which means they work more efficiently.

In other words, a more diverse political landscape improves the quality of our democracy.

Source: Binnenlands Bestuur, http://www.binnenlandsbestuur.nl/ambtenaar-en- carriere/nieuws/aantal-vrouwen-in- politiek-stagneert.9479021.lynkx, June 2015 [Dutch]