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Rhoda Sikilabu, Premier for Isabel Province and the first female Premier in the Solomon Islands (Melanesian Women Today/Facebook)
Tuesday, May 03, 2022
Solomon Islands’ first female premier: lessons learned
In late March 2022, 16 years after she was first elected to the Isabel Provincial Assembly in Solomon Islands, Rhoda Sikilabu became the country’s first female premier. The four-time MPA and former Deputy Premier replaced Leslie Kikolo who resigned...
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation - Australian Journal of Social Issue
Monday, March 28, 2022
The cost of doing politics: A critical discursive analysis of Australian liberal politicians’ responses to accusations by female politicians of bullying and intimidation
Recent conversations prompted by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have put issues of workplace sexism, sexual harassment and sexual assault into the global spotlight. This paper examines how members of the Australian Liberal Party made sense of,...
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
Monday, March 28, 2022
Protecting public health in adverse circumstances: subnational women leaders and feminist policymaking during COVID-19
This article analyses how women governors, mayors, and local elected officials promoted public health and social protection in countries where men chief executives failed to take steps to contain the virus. We focus on adverse circumstances in six...
Presidential candidate Martha Karua,(Photo by Gallo Images / Nation Media / Jared Nyataya)
Monday, March 21, 2022
Kenya election: sexist language shows that patriarchy refuses to give way
In December 2020, a leading Kenyan political party official, Edwin Sifuna, made vulgar remarks against a woman member of parliament. While campaigning for their political allies in a by-election, Sifuna said the woman is “not attractive enough to...
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga - Australian National University
Wednesday, March 09, 2022
Intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga
In this In brief, the authors consider lessons learned in the aftermath of women candidates’ defeat in the 18 November 2021 general election. They identify five intractable barriers to women’s election in Tonga: voters’ expectations of reciprocity...
The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life is pictured next to Jumbo on Feb. 8. Cora Hartmann / The Tufts Daily - Circule
Friday, February 25, 2022
Young women of color continue to lead civic and political engagement
Our 2020 data showed that young Asian women, young Black women, and young Latinas were more likely to talk politics, participate in elections, and fight racism. In recent years, as youth have increased their civic and political participation both in...
Protesting Turkey's gender violence policies in Istanbul, July 2021 - Emanuele Satolli / Contrasto / Reuters (published on Foreign Affairs)
Monday, February 21, 2022
Revenge of the patriarchs: Why autocrats fear women
The pantheon of autocratic leaders includes a great many sexists, from Napoléon Bonaparte, who decriminalized the murder of unfaithful wives, to Benito Mussolini, who claimed that women “never created anything.” And while the twentieth century saw...
Representative budgeting: women mayors and the composition of spending in local governments - Picture: Sage Journals
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Representative budgeting: women mayors and the composition of spending in local governments
One potential consequence of increasing women’s numeric representation is that women elected officials will behave differently than their men counterparts and improve women’s substantive representation. This study examines whether electing women to...
USA: Are minority and women candidates penalized by party politics? Race, gender, and access to party support - Sage Journals
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
USA: Are minority and women candidates penalized by party politics? Race, gender, and access to party support
Racial/ethnic minorities and women continue to be underrepresented in public office in the United States. Here, we evaluate the role of general election political party support for women and minorities in structuring these inequalities, as a key...
USA: The contingent effects of sexism in primary elections - Sage Journals
Monday, February 14, 2022
USA: The contingent effects of sexism in primary elections
Although the landscape for female candidates in U.S. politics has improved, research continues to find that many voters possess sexist attitudes. We rely on a standard political communication framework to help reconcile sexism in the electorate with...
Media discrimination and gender differences in political ambition in a laboratory experiment - Sage journals
Friday, February 11, 2022
Media discrimination and gender differences in political ambition in a laboratory experiment
Very little research has considered how media discrimination could impact men and women’s political ambition. Yet, media discrimination could impact both beliefs about gender roles and political competence, and beliefs about voter bias, both of...
In Pakistan, gendered politics prevail - Tribune Magazine
Thursday, February 10, 2022
In Pakistan, gendered politics prevail
Pakistan’s constitution makes no distinction between genders but women in parliament know that’s not the reality in politics. Despite impressive records of women in the legislative assembly, female parliamentarians still face barriers to entry that...
The invisible danger of the 'glass cliff’ / Getty Images - BBC
Monday, February 07, 2022
The invisible danger of the 'glass cliff’
In times of crisis, people are more likely to appoint women and people of colour to be leaders. But this puts crisis leaders in a very precarious position. When Carol Bartz was appointed CEO at Yahoo in January 2009, the internet company was...
Renewing U.S. investments in women’s political leadership - Credits: Just Security
Thursday, February 03, 2022
Renewing U.S. investments in women’s political leadership
As part of last December’s Summit for Democracy, the Biden administration launched a wide range of commitments aimed at countering the troubling anti-democratic headwinds around the world. One of these pledges is the “Advancing Women’s & Girls’...
Pragmatic bias impedes women’s access to political leadership Credits: PNAS
Thursday, February 03, 2022
Pragmatic bias impedes women’s access to political leadership
Women remain underrepresented in political leadership in the United States and beyond. While abundant research has studied the possible impact of gender stereotypes on support for women candidates, our research finds that voters also withhold...
More Representation But Not Influence: Women in the European Parliament - Credits: GMFUS
Tuesday, February 01, 2022
More representation but not influence: women in the European Parliament
Representing more than 447 million people across 27 countries, the European Parliament should be the poster child for the European Union’s “united in diversity” motto. However, the representation of women in the parliament and its key positions...
T he link between education and participation of women in  Indian politics / Picture: Observer Research Foundation
Monday, January 31, 2022
India: the link between education and participation of women in Indian politics
The gender disparity in politics is indicative of the of need to promote education amongst women, thus, enabling greater political participation. While numerous political advancements have occurred throughout the world in recent decades, the most...
Source: ‘Unbought And Unbossed’ - At 50, Shirley Chisholm continues to inspire black women in Politics - PhotoQuest / Getty
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Unbought and unbossed: at 50, Shirley Chisholm continues to inspire black women in politics
By Anoa Changa For Rep. Barbara Lee, part of Chisholm's legacy is how she inspired and empowered other Black women to reach higher. Fifty years since Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announced her run for president, she remains a shining example for...

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