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Wednesday, December 02, 2020
The real reason more women should be in politics
I got a very short, provocative email the other day from a former Ontario finance minister, whose privacy I will protect here, since it was a personal note that he sent. He was responding to a piece I’d just written about what it’ll take to get more...
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
“The first woman in this office, but not the last”: Four ways to empower a new generation of women political leaders
By Lucina Di-Meco,   Women politicians make for more equal and caring societies, and that their increased representation in office improves health, education and welfare outcomes for the entire population. So how can we foster the next generation of...
Friday, November 13, 2020
The sexist rhetoric around the election proves women still have to fight for respect
By Tina Tchen, Over the course of the last century, women fought tooth and nail for a basic right: the right to vote. Now, our country has elected the first Black and Asian woman to become the next vice president of the United States. As a first-...
Friday, November 13, 2020
Why did it take so long to vote a woman into the White House?
To me, the banner story of this election season was not Joe Biden’s victory. It was the history-making of vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Here was a woman who had broken so many barriers. Not only is she the first woman to hold the office, but...
Monday, November 09, 2020
Sex tapes and stereotypes: Women jostle for bigger place in Georgian politics
In the rough-and-tumble world of Georgian politics, election campaigns can be merciless - especially for the small number of women candidates who enter the fray. But as the ex-Soviet Republic gears up for elections on Saturday, a new gender quota...
Monday, November 09, 2020
Jacinda Ardern’s career has created a more robust template for the New Political Woman in the 21st century
In our generation, the late Aruna Asaf Ali once told me, even emancipated women were secretly conformist. They took a certain righteous pleasure in saying they were in the political movement for freedom to support their father, brother or husband....
Monday, November 09, 2020
What election of Kamala Harris means to future of women in politics
When the networks declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, it was a history making moment for both the president-elect and his running mate Kamala Harris, whose election broke multiple barriers. Debbie Walsh, director of the ...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Mixed 2020 election results show that women still face a sexist political culture
In 2020 — for the second straight election cycle and 100 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women suffrage — the number of women running for Congress set a record and more women than ever before competed...
Friday, November 06, 2020
A groundbreaking election for women in Congress?
Women across the United States made several gains in this week’s election, producing a string of firsts down the ballot and nudging up representation in both the House and the Senate. A total of 131 women will serve in the next Congress, according...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Women politicians more likely to reply to people who reach out in need, study shows
The big idea Women politicians are more responsive than men when people come to them seeking health care and economic support, our newly published study on gender and government responsiveness reveals. Our research, conducted in 2017, was published...
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
Covid's male face: Women are hidden in the pandemic debate
The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis on many fronts – political, economic, and scientific – with ramifications that touch every member of society. But early research suggests that the virus, and the policy response to it, has a gendered impact,...
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
A historic gender gap: why men and women are voting differently
Genevieve Woodard Hartley and her husband used to vote for the same presidential candidate. Not this year. While both describe themselves as Republicans, the couple, who live in Houston, Texas, is “splitting” its ticket. Ms Woodard Hartley will vote...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Bihar elections: Do women’s votes count?
Given the rigid social structure, it is likely that women have little political agency in this State. In a State where 53 per cent of women think that it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife, how much political agency does a woman have in Bihar...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
What Joe Biden can learn from Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepted her landslide reelection win Saturday with a message for her country and the rest of the world: “We are living in an increasingly polarized world, a place where more and more people have lost the...
Monday, October 26, 2020
How sexist abuse of women in Congress amounts to political violence – and undermines American democracy
From plans to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s being called a “f—ing b—” by her colleague Rep. Ted Yoho, it’s been a nasty year for women in American politics. Now, some women who’ve been targets of such misogyny want...
Monday, October 26, 2020
“Record” numbers of women are running for office in th US, but they still face structural barriers in politics
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...
Monday, October 26, 2020
Japan has so few women politicians that when even one is gaffe-prone, it's damaging
Last month, Japanese lawmaker Mio Sugita caused outrage on social media when she said that some women lie about sexual assaults. "Women can tell as many lies as they want," Sugita was reported to have said at a ruling party parliamentary meeting on...
Monday, October 26, 2020
6 things we can learn from how women leaders have handled the pandemic
Times of crisis can foster innovation and illumination. The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the ability of world leaders to respond to its enormous and interlocking challenges. Some have stumbled, while some have risen to the occasion. Avivah...

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