Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India

As part of the Human Capital Initiative (HCI), Pardee School Professor Rachel Brulé will present her new book “Women, Power, and Property: The Paradox of Gender Equality Laws in India,” in a webinar moderated by the HCI Associate Director and Questrom School of Business Professor Patricia Cortes.

Quotas for women in government have swept the globe. Yet we know little about their capacity to upend entrenched social, political, and economic hierarchies. ​Property and Power seeks to explore this issue within the context of India, the world’s largest democracy. Brulé uses cutting-edge research design and extensive field research to make connections among political representation, backlash, and economic empowerment.

Her findings show that women in government catalyze access to fundamental economic rights: property rights. Women in politics also have the power to support constituent rights at critical junctures, such as marriage negotiations, sparking integrative solutions to intra-household bargaining. Although they can lead to backlash, quotas are essential for enforcement ​of rights. In this groundbreaking study, Brulé shows how quotas can operate as a crucial tool to foster equality and benefit the women they are meant to empower.


9:30 AM EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020


10:30 AM EST on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020


Via Zoom