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Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Department of Political Science


Charles Blake

Kristen McCleary

Valerie Sulfaro


Political participation highlights a great deal about the political system in a given country and how the system responds in turn. Women have a distinct way of participating in politics, particularly in the culture of machismo in contemporary Latin America. In this thesis, I examine the relationship between gender and political participation within two Latin American countries, Peru and Argentina. Through an analysis of voter turnout, political interest, cabinet participation, and political movements, I examine how gender impacts the political sphere. I ultimately argue that gender by itself is not distinctly tied to levels of participatory action for the average citizen, but that intersectionality must be examined further to understand the complex connection between an individual's identity and their political actions.



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