“Record” numbers of women are running for office in th US, but they still face structural barriers in politics

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October 26, 2020

“Record” numbers of women are running for office in th US, but they still face structural barriers in politics

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Twenty-five years ago, leaders and organizers from around the world rallied behind Hillary Clinton’s declaration that “women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.”

Soon after, 189 countries signed onto the Beijing Platform to Action committing to a framework for achieving gender equality.

Over the following two and half decades, several legal barriers hindering women’s equality in society have been struck down in the hopes that it would lead to equality and parity across sectors. Despite the elimination of these barriers, socio-cultural biases and structural obstacles engrained in electoral systems around the world continue to hinder progress toward gender parity and equality. These enduring, gendered disadvantages are no more evident than in women’s political representation in the United States.

Click here to read the full article published by Ms Magazine on 26 October 2020.