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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Do We need a Motherhood-Quota? Women and Mothers in the German Parliament 
Hilke Brockman, Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Germany
2:00-3:30pm, Olin Sang 207

Are women and men, mothers and fathers represented equally in the German Bundestag? Or does politics remain a male-dominated affair because the life script of most women includes children who do not fit the demanding time schedule of a politician? This question is highly relevant, given the current debate about a women’s quota for leadership positions in the German economy and in the European Union. A comparison of legislative terms before and after the introduction of women’s quota by political parties shows that indeed the number of women increased, but mothers remain considerably underrepresented. The degree of underrepresentation varies between parties. In the CDU/CSU and FDP it has increased significantly. We discuss the potential advantages and disadvantages of a mother quota.

Hilke Brockmann is a sociologist and demographer by training and a professor of sociology at Jacobs University, Germany. Her research deals with the causes and consequences of population aging and of subjective well-being (SWB), often equated with happiness. During her stay at the Minda De Gunzburg Center for European Studies CES at Harvard she is working on four quantitative projects which all deal with issues of subjective well-being. This lecture is provided by the Center for German and European Studies CGES and co-sponsored by the Department of Politics at Brandeis University.