Hic sunt leones
MetadataShow full item record
Over the last decades, women have made tremendous progress in their socioeconomic status and general standing in society in a great deal of countries. As a result, traditional theories, which rely solely on economic, cultural or other sort of environmental inequality between men and women in trying to explain the male domination of politics, are growing weaker, for the presence of women in politics continues to be low across very different political, economic or cultural environments. I hold that the near universal pattern of male control of politics is rooted in innate, and therefore universal, gender differences in levels of dominance orientation and aggressiveness, resulted from eons of different evolutionary pressures on males and females. However, the World Values Survey data used to explore the connection at a national level between the gender gap in dominance and aggressiveness levels, on the one hand, and the percentage of women in the parliament, on the other, invalidates one of the proposed factors and seriously weakens the other.