Abstract: The aim of this paper is to present, in a descriptive perspective, the women’s participation in Romanian politics, with a closer attention to local government.The starting point of this article is the low number of women politicians which represents a feature of the post-communist Romanian political system.In this political system women are an exception rather than a rule. As an exception a woman can announce her intention to run for the Presidency of Romania, however, it is better not to carry out the plan and withdraw, leaving the place for a man. As an exception a woman can be president of the equality committee of Parliament, but as a rule she must be content with the less important role of witness and moral support of the great male enterprises. Using quantitative data we will emphasis the persistence of women’s discrimination in Romanian local politics, not as isolated cases but as features of Romanian politics.
Keywords: women politicians, local politics, discrimination, gender equality.
To cite the article: ŞTEFĂNEL, Adriana. “Lost in a men’s world: Women in Romanian local politics”. International Journal of Cross-Cultural Studies and Environmental Communication 2.2 (2013): 138-146.