Women at the top: transformation of Lithuania’s political culture or excuse to do nothing?

Kazimira Prunskienė, Ingrida Šimonytė, Irena Degutienė. They all served – or will serve – as Lithuania’s prime minister / BNS, LRT

Women stand at the helm of all the three parties that are looking to form the government after Lithuania’s recent parliamentary election. But women in top positions could also serve as an alibi to ignore overall gender inequalities, observers say.

The new parliament, Seimas, will have 103 male and 38 female members. Although an increase of 5 points, women will still make up only 27 percent of MPs.

„The election of parties with women leaders could mark a change in political culture“, believes Natalija Mažeikienė, a professor at Vytautas Magnus University.

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