Gender and Descriptive Representation in the 2019–2024 European Parliament
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.