ABSTRACT

It is evident that although women’s public participation bears many similarities to that of men, there remain significant differences, particularly at the upper levels of the hierarchies of political organisations. More immediately interesting than this however are the variations in amounts and types of political activity to be found amongst women. Clearly the amount of influence any individual will have will vary according to the type of participation that individual chooses to undertake, and according to the type of policy she wishes to influence. This choice will in turn vary according to the resources and motivation necessary to political participation at the disposal of the individual. As it happens research on political participation has shown that relatively few people of either sex are willing or able to do more politically than vote, and that many do not even do that.