Globally, wide gaps exist between men’s and women’s participation in leadership roles. This paper explores women’s access to leadership in Madagascar through an examination of women’s participation in politics and government. Research across the literature found three major reasons for women’s political participation: gender quotas, kinship and societal upheaval. However, upon examining Madagascar, women’s participation in leadership involves factors, which were not fully explored in this literature. The historical legacy of Madagascar and women’s social and political activism were the principal factors in women’s participation in leadership. The findings might have implications in explaining women’s access to leadership roles.

Author Biography

Ave Altius is graduate student currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Community and International Development at Andrews University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Studies from Midwestern State University. Ms. Altius has always been interested in international issues, affairs, and politics, and always attuned to how gender functions in each of these areas. Her current concentration in pursuit of an M.S. in Community and International Development is Gender and Development.

Dr. Joel Raveloharimisy is the current director of the Community and International Development Program at Andrews University. He attained his Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus on Comparative Politics and Political Economy of Development from Western Michigan University. He has a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the same institution. His research interests include education, women’s empowerment, and economic development. He has published on topics relating to Madagascar in the past, and continues research into affairs relating to the country.