Advanced seminar: HS MA/LA Gym: Paths to Power and Influence: Female Politicians in Europe and the United States - a Transatlantic Perspective - Details
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Course name Advanced seminar: HS MA/LA Gym: Paths to Power and Influence: Female Politicians in Europe and the United States - a Transatlantic Perspective
Subtitle Prüfungsform: Seminararbeit HS (MA) (ca. 46.000 Zeichen)
Semester SS 2023
Current number of participants 8
maximum number of participants 25
Home institute Geschichte des europäisch-transatlantischen Kulturraums
participating institutes Neuere und Neueste Geschichte, Neueste Geschichte
Courses type Advanced seminar in category Teaching
First date Tuesday, 25.04.2023 16:30 - 18:00, Room: (D, 2129)
Performance record Seminararbeit, Teilnahme an der Tagung am 21. & 22. Juli 2023
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Susan Franceschet, Mona Lena Krook, Netina Tan, eds., The Palgrave Handbook of Women's Political Rights. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Ute Gerhard, Beate Hoceker u.a., 50 Jahre Gleichberechtigung (Five Essays on Gender Politics and Women in Politics) in Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Bd. 24/25, 9. Juni 2008.
Beate Hoecker, Politische Partizipation von Frauen: Kontinuität und Wandel des Geschlechterverhältnisses in der Politik. Opladen: Leske, 1995.
Jeffrey Lazarus, Gendered Vulnerability: How Women Work Harder to Stay in Office. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2018.
Miki C Kittilson, Challenging Parties, Changing Parliaments: Women and Elected Office in Contemporary Western Europe. Columbus: Ohio State UP, 2006.
Kaitlin N. Sidorsky, All Roads Lead to Power: Appointed and Elected Paths to Public Office for US Women. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019.
Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson, From Protest to Politics: Schwarze Frauen in der Bürgerrechtsbewegung und im Kongress der Vereinigten Staaten. Frankfurt: Campus, 1998.

Rooms and times

(D, 2129)
Tuesday: 16:30 - 18:00, weekly (10x)
Friday, 21.07.2023 10:00 - 20:00
Saturday, 22.07.2023 10:00 - 16:00

Module assignments


Prüfungsform: Seminararbeit HS (MA) (ca. 46.000 Zeichen). It’s been more than a century since women in the United States, Germany, and most European countries obtained suffrage. Since then, female participation in politics has increased significantly, e.g. globally the percentage of seats held by women in lower and single houses of parliament rose from less than 12 to 25% between 1995 and 2022. Similarly, the share of women as speakers of parliament has doubled, and more and more female presidents and prime ministers have entered office. However, some obstacles to women’s rise to political power continue to exist, and progress regarding female political representation in Europe and the United States has slowed down in recent years.
In this seminar, we will look at the different reasons for this development – including structural, legal as well as societal differences – and examine the paths of individual women to political power in high-elected offices. Looking at the life and work of important female elected officials in the USA, Germany, Great Britain, Finland, and other European countries our goal will be to gain a better understanding of the progress already made but also of the continuing challenges to gender equality in the political sphere on both sides of the Atlantic.
The course is part of a cooperative seminar taught at the universities of Augsburg, Bamberg, and Munich. It will include online sessions together with our partners as well as an in-person student conference at the Bavarian American Academy in Munich on July 21/22, 2023. The seminar will be held in English, term papers can be written in English or German.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Hauptseminare MA/LA Gym SS 2023 NNG GETK NG".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 06.03.2023, 08:00 to 10.04.2023, 23:59.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 12.04.2023 on 02:02. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.