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Is Democratization Good for Women?
February 28, 2017 @ 4:45 pm - 6:15 pm
Dr. Wejnert’s talk focuses on differential effects of a country’s democratization across the continuum of developed/developing countries, and across gender, uncovering gender differences in outcomes of democracy on well-being. Her research indicates that (a) women and men benefit differentially from the growth of democracy, where positive changes in women lag those of men by approximately one generation. Subsequently such a lag has a negative impact on children; (b) in lower developed, democratizing countries the effects of democracy on women follow a trend where the initial effects are negative and turn into positive when a country’s level of democracy is above score 6 on scale of 0-10, i.e., a congruent democracy. She concludes by emphasizing several processes that support these differential outcomes as a function of gender and suggesting policy solutions that may help to rectify these effects.