Professor: Israeli voting system benefits women.

Professor Douglas Amy

The Israeli system of proportional voting increases the number of female candidates running for public office says Professor of Politics Douglas Amy, quoted in an editorial in the Washington Post.

Amy’s views are cited in an opinion editorial by Ishaan Tharoor, titled “Four Ways Israel’s Electoral System Could Improve the U.S.” The Mount Holyoke professor says in a previous piece that the Israeli system of voting puts increased pressure on parties to represent the full diversity of the citizenry.“If a party were to put only men on their slate, that would be immediately noticed,” Amy wrote. “The party would be inviting charges of sexism and would risk alienating the female vote. . . . The adoption of proportional representation in the U.S. would be one of the most effective ways to quickly increase the number of women in elected office.”