Ok, since someone asked I’ve done a quick count. Hope these numbers are right.
Here’s the data. The actual number of electorate seats increased over the peroid, but didn’t significantly change the overall trend – flat after the second election.
|Total Electorate Seats||65||67||69||69||70|
Here’s the graph showing the trend during the last FPP elections, then the trend into MMP (i.e. the black line in the above graph as a % of seats).
It’s not as compressed as below, so the upswing in the 80’s isn’t so prunounced. But what is prounounced is that the first MMP election in 1996 might have elected record numbers of women, but it set back electorate seats years, and the overall trend hasn’t been that flash since. In fact, only 2002 has been significantly higher than the last FPP election.
Again, I make the point: is this really a system that has delivered massive gains for women?