Women’s Suffrage in Latvia


Women’s right to vote
Number of female heads of state to date: 2

Facts and figures

Leadership and political participation – [UN Women]
Women in Parliaments: World Classification – [IPU]

Latvian women were granted suffrage after the proclamation of the independent state in 1918. Under the communist regime quotas of women were established for all elected bodies, ensuring women comprised about one third of deputies. As the ruling party chose all candidates in the totalitarian one-mandate elections, it is not surprising that a political career was not popular among women. During the transition to real democracy, the share of women deputies rose slightly after the completion of the first stage of transition in the mid-90s. In 1995 and 2002, Governments were formed by different coalitions and included two to four women while women were elected to the post of speaker.
qub.ac.uk/egg/Summaries/Latvia-SummWP2.doc [DOC]

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