Glass ceilings in Latin American political parties

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Irene Delgado

Irene Delgado,  Catedrática de Ciencia Política y de la Administración Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). ORCID:

How to cite this article: Delgado, Irene. «Los techos de cristal en los partidos políticos latinoamericanos». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 127 (abril de 2021), p. 121-146. DOI:

Abstract: Gender quotas have substantially changed the distribution of women in Latin American parliaments, as well as party recruitment guidelines. However, little analysis has been made of the impact of this phenomenon within the parties. This research analyses data from the Latin American parliamentary elite with the aim of giving particular attention to the assessment of elected women in relation to the gender balance dynamics within their political parties. It is shown that a glass ceiling prevents them from occupying major decision-making roles within the party, reducing the opportunities for rising within the organisation. 

Keywords:  political parties, Latin America, political elites, gender gap, glass ceiling

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