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October 4, 2022

Plenty of female Political Science graduates, few women politicians

Although women make up the overwhelming majority of political science graduates in Romania, their share on the political scene is meager. Most of them never end up working in a field that seems rather reserved for men. ‘Romania Libera’ daily wrote yesterday about the share that women hold in Romanian universities, starting off from two concrete cases. On one hand the gender structure of students enrolled within the Political Science Faculty of the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (SNSPA) and on the other hand the similar situation at the Political Science Faculty of the University of Bucharest. In the first case women make up 62.5 per cent of the Faculty’s freshmen, 77 per cent of its sophomores and over 80 per cent of its juniors. In the case of the University of Bucharest’s Faculty of Political Science, men make up 22 per cent of freshmen, 30 per cent of sophomores and 27 per cent of seniors (the percentages represent the average of the Faculty’s three sections, namely the Romanian language, English language and French language sections). However, if we look at Romanian parties we notice that the situation is reversed. Let us take the National Permanent Bureaus of PSD and PDL. In the first case women represent 12 per cent of its membership (3 out of 25 members), and in the second case 11.3 per cent (5 out of 44 members). Overall, in 2007 the share of Romanian women in the governmental apparatus stood at 19 per cent according to the statistics compiled by the Council of the European Union in May 2008. A survey conducted by SNSPA in order to monitor its graduates’ professional development, quoted by ‘Romania Libera,’ shows that 69 per cent of its political science graduates state that their first job had no connection with what they majored in, while 6.9 per cent believe they are using most of the competencies gained in college.

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