Taiwan's first female President

Tsai Ing-wen will on Friday become Taiwan's first female president. The BBC asks why some women reach the top in politics in Taiwan but may find it hard to enlist women into government roles.

It seems that quotas play an important role in getting women into parliament (around 38%) but that they may still face work life balance issues. Where quotas are not in place for elected offices – women remain very poorly represented.

take a closer look and it's clear that quotas are behind the relatively high percentages of Taiwanese women in politics. They stipulate that women must get half the "at-large" seats in the legislature and one out of every four seats in electoral districts in local council elections.
"It's in the Constitution that there should be special positions for women. Only Scandinavian countries have adopted similar policies. It's certainly unique in Asia and other parts of the world," said Joyce Gelb, a New York-based professor, who has studied Taiwanese women's participation in politics.
But Ms Tsai's inability to put more women in her cabinet shows quotas are still useful to balance the scale. In elections without quotas such as for city mayors or county magistrates the percentage of women elected is only around 15%. Far fewer women run in elections compared to men.
"When it's a one-to-one race, men still tend to fare better because of their prior experience and personal connections. We still do not sufficiently nurture women to go into politics and government," said Chen Man-li, the director of an alliance of women's groups and newly-elected lawmaker.