A new study from MIT has concluded that female politicians boosts aspirations, educational achievement of young women. There have been a few international initiatives that look to improve the world by empowering women and now we know that getting more women into politics actually does make the world better!
Based on a survey of roughly 8,000 Indian adolescents and parents, the research paper, appearing this week in Science, notes that having women serve as the leader, or pradhan, of a village council erases the prevailing â€œgender gapâ€ that tends to work in favor of young men, provided that female politicians remain visible in local government for an extended period of time.
â€œWe think this is due to a role-model effect: Seeing women in charge persuaded parents and teens that women can run things, and increased their ambitions,â€ says Duflo, who is a co-founder of MITâ€™s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). She adds: â€œChanging perceptions and giving hope can have an impact on reality.â€