Drude Dahlerup is Professor of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden and was educated at University of Aarhus in Denmark. Her published works on gender and politics include The New Women's Movement. Feminism and Political Power in Europe and the U.S.A (ed., 1986); Rodstromperne. Den danskeRodstrompebevaegelses udviking, nytaenkning og gennemslag 1970-1985, Vol I-II, 1998 (The Danish Redstocking Movement 1970-85); Women, Quotas and Politics (ed., 2006), as well as many articles and essays in edited collections on electoral gender quotas, gender equality policies, and the women's movement. She was a partner of the integrated EU-project, FEMCIT, 2007-2011, and together with International IDEA and the Inter-Parliamentary Union, she operates the global web site on quotas: www.quotaproject.org. Lately, Drude Dahlerup has worked as a consultant on women's political empowerment in Sierra Leone, Cambodia and Kosovo, and most recently, March 2011, in Tunisia.
Monique Leyenaar is Professor of Comparative Politics at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. She has written several books, articles and chapters in edited books on women and politics. Examples are 'Challenges to Women's Political Representation in Europe' in Signs: Journal of Women inCulture and Society, 34, 1, 2008, 1-7 and Political Empowerment of Women. The Netherlands and Other Countries, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2004. Leyenaar has worked as a consultant for the Dutch Government and European Union on a variety of issues among which the representation of women in politics. She was a member of the European Network on Women in Decision Making in the 1990s. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Dutch Electoral Council and since 2009, a member of the Council for Public Administration.
Introduction, Drude Dahlerup and Monique Leyenaar New Jersey: Preparedness Meets Opportunity, Susan Carroll and Kelly E. Dittmar New South Wales: Entering too late? Women in Parliamentary Politics, Marian Sawer United Kingdom: Male Dominance Broken?, Joni Lovenduski Sweden: Step by step - Women's Inroads to Parliamentary Politics, Lenita Freidenvall Iceland: Breaking Male Dominance by Extraordinary Means, Autur Styrkarsdottir Denmark: High Representation of Women without Gender Quotas, Drude Dahlerup Netherlands: Gender Balance here to stay?, Monique Leyenaar Germany: Successful Quota Rules in a Gendered Society, Brigitte Geissel Breaking Male Dominance in Politics, Drude Dahlerup and Monique Leyenaar Trajectories and Processes of Change in Women's Representation, Drude Dahlerup Framing Women Politicians in Old Democracies, Lenita Freidenvall and Marian Sawer Gender and Party Change, Monique Leyenaar and Drude Dahlerup Conclusion, Drude Dahlerup and Monique Leyenaar