Vrouwelijke en mannelijke kandidaten bij de verkiezingen van 24 november 1991 in Vlaanderen

  • Mieke Van Haegendoren


This article deals with the differences that exist between the profile of Flemish male and female political candidates placed on election-lists. The survey, held amongst all female and male political candidates, shows that male candidates find themselves in a more favourable position due to the accumulation of small gender differences in education, professional and domestic life.
Male candidates more often have university degrees and leading functions resulting in more important relations. They are better represented both in the party structure and in corporate life.
Child care and domestic tasks seem to be (usually) their partner's responsability.  Female political underrepresentation is a result of a generally weaker position of women in society. Notwithstanding the enormous progress made over the last five decades, the problem of female underrepresentation in politics remains a structural one. Hence, the question is wether a solution should ask for structural measures by the government.

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Van Haegendoren, M., (1993) “Vrouwelijke en mannelijke kandidaten bij de verkiezingen van 24 november 1991 in Vlaanderen”, Res Publica 35(2), 147-158. doi:

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Published on
29 Jun 1993
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