Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

In the summer of 1993, True Path Party delegates -- 99.8 percent of them males -- selected Tansu Çiller as chairperson of their party and thus their candidate for prime minister. For the first time since 1934, when women gained the right to vote and to be elected to Parliament, a woman became prime minister of Turkey. If citizenship involves the rights and responsibilities of membership to a state, here was a woman who had fully exercised her right to head the government of her country.

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How to cite this article:

Yesim Arat "On Gender and Citizenship in Turkey," Middle East Report 198 (Spring 1996).