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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
The electable female candidate
By Claire Friedman, The electable female candidate reaches across the aisle with soft, moisturized hands. She knows how to fire a gun, but also has never held a gun, and doesn’t know what a gun is. She’s becoming a vegan, but stands behind Arby’s in...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Women’s political representation: Progressing in Malaysia?
While female political representation has increased under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration, progress remains slow and women are still impeded from advancing towards roles of leadership. The political earthquake in Malaysia that brought...
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Katerina Sakellaropoulou becomes Greece's first woman president
High court judge and human rights advocate Katerina Sakellaropoulou has been elected Greece's first female president by parliament on Wednesday. Sakellaropoulou was nominated by the ruling conservative New Democracy party, but also managed to secure...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Africa needs more female leaders
In many African countries, it is time for elections this year. Sadly, many of the continent’s social “social structures, such as those in politics, religion and culture, sometimes constitute real obstacles in the promotion of female leadership,”...
Monday, January 20, 2020
'Little Women' reminds us how stuck we have been on judging female politicians
"I am angry nearly every day of my life," Laura Dern's Mrs. March (Marmee) says, wearily, in Greta Gerwig's "Little Women," a 2019 film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1868 novel of the same name about a quartet of New England sisters. "I'...
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Can a woman win? Either Elizabeth Warren or Amy Klobuchar would give Trump a run for his money in November
By Frank Bruni, Would a female Democratic nominee have a harder time beating Donald Trump than a male one? I can’t tell you, because I don’t have a crystal ball and because it’s a stupid question, its answer dependent on which female candidate you’...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Zhuldyz Omarbekova
Zhuldyz Omarbekova is a Member of Parliament from Kazakhstan. This interview was conducted in October 2019 in the margins of the the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Belgrad.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
The political spouse: It’s not a job just for women anymore
By Markos Kounalakis, Women on the world stage are increasingly playing lead roles. Whether New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern, the newest all-female Finnish government’s cabinet led by 35-year old Prime Minister Sanna Marin or the record number of...
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Kenya: new cabinet casts ray of hope in push for gender balance
The nomination of Betty Maina as Industrialisation CS has cast a ray of hope for a gender-balanced Cabinet. President Uhuru Kenyatta also appointed 15 new chief administrative secretaries, eight of whom were women. With Maina's nomination, the...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Marlène Schiappa: “For generations, we have been nominating men just because they are men”
Marlène Schiappa, Minister of State for Gender Equality and the Fight against Discrimination in France, attended the 25th year Regional Review Meeting of the Beijing Platform for Action for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Region. She...
Monday, January 13, 2020
Women still missing from top ranks of business, politics and law
Men still dominate the most senior roles in public life and the UK is “generations away” from achieving gender equality, according to a report published on Monday. The 2020 Sex and Power Index compiled by the Fawcett Society, a charity campaigning...
Friday, January 10, 2020
Hattie Caraway, the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, faced a familiar struggle with gender politics
The first woman elected to the United States Senate is not a household name. That woman, Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas, kept a very low profile. She is not considered a political trailblazer. Indeed, she voted with the rest of the Southern...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
How to put a stop to election-related sexual violence in Kenya
Institutional weaknesses undermine the prevention of and response to sexual violence during electoral periods in Kenya, according to a new report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Physicians...
Thursday, January 09, 2020
Is there (still) a gender gap in politics?
By Karen Nikos-Rose, UC Davis, “A few years ago I took my children on a tour of the state Capitol building. My daughter was very interested in the art — the woodwork, the decorative tiles, and the paintings. After viewing the gallery of governor...
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet
Austria swore in its new conservative-Green coalition Cabinet on Tuesday. For the first time, women ministers will outnumber men. Nine of the 17 members of the new Cabinet are women, although both the roles of chancellor and vice-chancellor are held...
Monday, January 06, 2020
Poll: Majority of women say male candidates have advantage running for public office in the US
A majority of women believe male candidates have an advantage when it comes to running for public office, according to a new Hill-HarrisX poll. In the survey released on Thursday, 65 percent of female voters said men seeking political office have a...
Monday, January 06, 2020
Michelle Williams urges women to vote in their 'own self interest' in 2020
Michelle Williams used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to encourage women to hit the polls this November. (…) Williams said she tried "my very best to live a life of my own making," and she would "not have been able to do this without employing...
Monday, January 06, 2020
Croatia elects centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic as president
Croatia's presidential election has been won by centre-left challenger Zoran Milanovic, who defeated the nationalist incumbent. The social democratic ex-prime minister vowed to heal divisions, and said his victory had brought "hope and faith". Mr...