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The Alaska and national flags fly at half-mast on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in front of the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. (James Brooks / ADN)
Friday, June 11, 2021
Dreaming of an Alaska where women lead our politics
I am an unabashed child of the 1960s. I marched. I chanted. I tried to levitate the Pentagon and shake all the bad out of it while on a particularly fun acid excursion. Women had dreams for their future that had nothing to do with the way things...
Protesters at a femicide protest in Zocalo, Mexico City, the day after International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 2019. (Wikimedia Commons)
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
“Parity in everything”: What Mexico can teach us about women’s representation
Mexico is the first country in the world to implement gender parity so thoroughly and effectively. The journey has not been easy—and is far from over. In 2018, women won half the seats in Mexico’s Congress. They then championed a groundbreaking...
REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo
Wednesday, June 09, 2021
Women score historic wins in Mexico’s mid-term elections
Women were poised to win a record number of state governors’ offices in Mexican mid-term elections on Sunday, capturing territory long dominated by men and giving them a bigger political platform to reach the presidency one day. Preliminary tallies...
Representational image | Villagers wait in queues to cast their votes for the Meghalaya assembly election | PTI
Monday, June 07, 2021
Control over family wealth among Meghalaya women increases political activity, study finds
By Rachel Brule and Nikhar Gaikwad In most societies around the world, women participate in politics at lower rates than men. Research shows that women also have a distinct set of economic policy preferences, prioritising government-led taxation and...
Monday, June 07, 2021
Culture, Capital, and the Political Economy Gender Gap: Evidence from Meghalaya’s Matrilineal Tribes
Abstract What explains the gender gap in political engagement and economic policy preferences? Many scholars point to material resources, while others credit cultural determinants. We identify and test an important link between these factors:...
Wednesday, June 02, 2021
'The colour doesn't matter': N.B. municipalities elect more women, first Black mayor in historic election
FREDERICTON -- Kassim Doumbia says he always wanted to get involved and be active in his community. He moved to Shippagan 14 years ago, and has spent the last nine years on the town’s council. Tuesday night, Doumbia became New Brunswick’s first...
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Tuesday, June 01, 2021
Is it time for a woman to be in charge? NYC’s female mayoral candidates discuss their platforms
New York City has had 108 mayors. Not a single one of them has been a woman—but that could change in 2021 as three female candidates emerge as strong, competitive contenders in the June 22 Democratic primary. “We’re not asking, ‘Can these guys...
 First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland's first female Muslim MSP Kaukab Stewart PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scottish election 2021: Record number of women elected
A record number of women have been elected to the Scottish Parliament, with 58 female MSPs winning seats in the Holyrood election. Women now represent 45% of Scotland's 129 MSPs. The SNP's Kaukab Stewart of the SNP and Conservative Pam Gosal also...
A polling official applies indelible ink on the finger of a voter. (Photo | PTI)
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Glaring gap: Only 5 per cent of elected representatives are women in Tamil Nadu
This is a drop from the previous assembly election in 2016, when the State elected 21 women (about nine per cent) into power. CHENNAI:  Though Tamil Nadu has seen strong female politicians including former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, only about...
WATCH: The resignation of a former cabinet minister now puts the Liberal Party in Nova Scotia in a minority situation. The impact of that all depends on if the legislature is recalled before an election is held. But the resignation, which comes after alle
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Allegations of misogyny in premier’s office could impact recruitment of female candidates
The recent resignation of a former cabinet minster puts the Nova Scotia Liberals in a minority situation, with just 24 seats in the 51-seat legislature. Margaret Miller submitted her resignation effective June 3 on Friday. “I think ultimately the...
 Natasha Asghar said she hopes to see people from more diverse backgrounds in Welsh politics.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Welsh election 2021: First woman of colour elected to Welsh Parliament
The first woman of colour elected to the Welsh Parliament said she wants to inspire and be "a voice" for those who have faced barriers entering politics. Conservative MS Natasha Asghar said the Senedd is "very outdated" and should reflect "more...
Labour’s Pam Duncan-Glancy, the first permanent wheelchair user to be elected to the Scottish parliament. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Scotland will benefit from its newly diverse parliament
Holyrood feels rejuvenated with MSPs that more accurately reflect the country’s multiculturalism There have been times in the past year when Scotland has felt like a dark and retrogressive place. Alex Salmond’s acquittal on sexual assault charges ...
DMK women's wing secretary Kanimozhi during an election campaign rally in support of party candidate ahead of Tamil Nadu assembly polls, in Tenkasi district on April 2. (File photo)
Friday, May 07, 2021
Decoding women’s representation in the 2021 state elections
Reports, anecdotal accounts, and now the results suggest that women played a crucial role in shaping the electoral outcomes in the four states and one Union Territory that went to the polls this year. In West Bengal, they may have cemented the All...
Mamata Banerjee with nephew Abhisekh Banerjee's daughter Azania. Credit: PTI Photo
Friday, May 07, 2021
Bengal election result 2021: Women voters played an instrumental role in TMC's thumping victory
M Modi’s widely popularised ‘Didi... o Didi’ taunts did not go down well with the women in a state where they are traditionally used to social equality West Bengal resoundingly voted the Trinamool Congress back to power for a third consecutive term...
Among the three new state Assemblies being analysed here, only Kerala recorded a marginal increase in seats for women from 8 to 11.
Friday, May 07, 2021
Explained: Share of women, youth in new state Assemblies
The age and gender profiles of 3 of the newly elected Assemblies show that the share of women MLAs is unchanged in West Bengal, has grown slightly in Kerala, and fallen in Tamil Nadu. West Bengal has more young MLAs than earlier while the other two...
Three women city on Calgary city council ahead of the 2021 municipal election: (L to R) Jyoti Gondek, Druh Farrell and Diane Colley-Urquhart. Supplied by the City of Calgary
Friday, May 07, 2021
Women underrepresented on Calgary city council; 18 seek council and mayor seats in 2021
Calgary city council has a representation problem. Of the 15 people on council, including 14 councillors and one mayor, five are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of colour) and three are women. Calgary’s demographics from the most recent federal...
 WATCH: It’s now less than a week until municipal elections are held in much of New Brunswick. As candidates make their pitches to voters, one Saint John-area candidate is making an entirely different appeal to protect her family’s privacy. Travis Fortnum
Friday, May 07, 2021
Municipal candidate calls for privacy protection after ‘harassing’ phone calls
A Rothesay council candidate says a series of harassing phone calls have led her to lobby for Elections Act changes — days away from New Brunswick’s municipal elections. Tiffany Mackay French says the publication of her personal information made her...
The Fawcett Society said: ‘Without concerted effort we simply won’t see gender equality and women will continue to be an unheard majority.’ Photograph: Paul Warburton/Alamy
Friday, May 07, 2021
Concern as just a third of candidates in English local elections are women
Fawcett Society says more needs to be done to encourage women into politics More needs to be done to encourage women into politics, the UK’s leading charity for gender equality has said, as data reveals that just one-third of candidates in this week...

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