The recent election of Vice President Kamala Harris has ignited the aspirations of countless women in politics globally. However, in India, climbing the ladder of political leadership for women remains an inequitable feat. While reservations and active efforts to increase diversity have improved women’s participation in politics, much of the day-to-day functioning of Indian politics, even grassroots governance, remains a man’s game.

How do women get elected?

Evidence suggests that female candidates in India differ from male candidates in a number of ways. 

Barriers to leadership stem from barriers to political participation

Social and economic benefits of female leadership

Is India ready for change?