This book looks at different dimensions of political participation of women voters in India. Elections in India have witnessed an increasing electoral participation of women, both as political actors and as voters. Taking note of this positive development, the book looks at what has contributed to this increased turnout among women voters in Indian elections and discusses in detail the factors that facilitate or hinder this participation. Drawing on empirical data from 11 Indian states, it looks at key issues like the voting behaviour and political activities of Indian women; individual and motivational factors affecting participation; the political socialization of women at home; the role of internalized patriarchy and political opinions; along with the challenges faced by women in attaining representation in Indian politics.

An important contribution in the study of voting patterns, this book will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of political studies, women’s studies, gender studies, sociology, Indian politics, political sociology, voting behaviour and South Asian studies. It will also be useful for journalists and activists.

chapter 1|16 pages

Patterns of women's political participation in India

An introduction

chapter 2|17 pages

Participation in politics

Voting behaviour and engagement in political activities

chapter 4|25 pages

Political socialization at home

Locating women in personal spaces

chapter 5|25 pages

Internalized patriarchy

Socio-cultural and economic barriers to participation of women in politics

chapter 6|24 pages

Politics as a career

Systemic political challenges

chapter 7|18 pages

Political opinion and attitude

Issues and party preferences