This article examines the differences in socio-demographics, professional backgrounds, and political careers between women and men who were part of the Ecuadorian Congress, 1979-2017. We propose a descriptive statistical study in which, through a bivariate analysis, we compare women and men in terms of age, marital status, professional qualifications, and political ambition before and after their participation in Congress. Based on an unpublished database, the main empirical findings indicate that the differences between them are not statistically significant. Nevertheless, since the implementation of the Parity Law in 2009, women legislators are increasingly younger and single, with more academic training and previous political experience than their male colleagues. This work covers the lack of diachronic studies, focuses on a novel case, and corrects shortcomings in previous research, obtaining more conclusive information on the subject matter.
Basabe-Serrano, Santiago and Álava Arteaga, Natasha
"Who they are, where they come from and where they are going: Professional background and political ambition of Ecuadorian women legislators, 1979-2017,"
Journal of International Women's Studies: Vol. 24:
5, Article 1.
Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol24/iss5/1