Zamfirache [Abstract]

Women and politics – the glass ceiling   [Full text]

Irina Zamfirache  [1]

Abstract: The role of women in modern politics is a subject that needs further insight, considering the growth in number of women that nowadays have relevant political positions on the international stage. There are studies today that emphasize the equality issue and all that is gender role related, but our interest is to analyze the women representation in power related positions. Due to the fast modernization of the political environment and the rapid spreading of the feminist way of thought, several authors took interest in the gender differences in politics. The article follows some key dimensions in understanding the gender-role in politics: the glass ceiling, the role of the media in drawing the image of the woman politician, the gender affinity effect. In the end we would like to point out the differences for men and women in exploiting the opportunities and securing the positions of power.Keywords: Gender, the glass ceiling, the gender affinity effect, politics

[1] Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest, Romania,