Women’s representation in national and local politics is quite low in Turkey. One of the most important reasons for women to go into politics is related to traditional gender roles positioning women in the private sphere. As a result of these roles, women have been socialized to see politics, which is primarily structured within the public sphere, as an unfamiliar issue. Concerning the practice of politics that is based on male dominated norms and experiences, women's participation and representation are weak in terms of both quantity and quality, or sometimes not even possible. Most women do not have conditions such as large social networks, capital, and time spent in the public sphere, as required by the masculine politics. This article focuses on the reasons and the results of women being kept aside or out of the area of politics within the current structures, by including women's experiences, and emphasizes the possibilities of making alternative politics.
Keywords: Participation and representation of women politics, masculine politics, public sphere-private sphere, gender