Gender and Descriptive Representation in the 2019–2024 European Parliament

Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Abels, Gabriele
The European Parliament is considered an equality champion almost since its first elections in 1979. A growing number of female MEPs testified to their political competence in an institution that has become both more powerful and gender-sensitive. This chapter demonstrates the shift towards parity—with today 40.6% of female MEPs. It examines differences in descriptive representation among Member States and party groups and how current changes are mirrored in intra-EP leadership positions. It concludes with a brief treatment of potential policy implications during the new 2019–2020 EP term.


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