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Thursday, June 18, 2020
Women make good leaders. Can more of them rise to the top?
By Prodita Sabarini, As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of female state leaders are managing this historical crisis in their respective countries better than their male counterparts. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’...
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
What the pandemic reveals about the male ego
By Nicholas Kristof, Are female leaders better at fighting a pandemic? I compiled death rates from the coronavirus for 21 countries around the world, 13 led by men and eight by women. The male-led countries suffered an average of 214 coronavirus-...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Learning from local women leaders in times of crisis
Communities worldwide are facing a complex emergency unlike any in my lifetime. In the United States and internationally, pain and outrage at racism, police brutality, and profound inequities have brought millions to the streets. Meanwhile, the...
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Is the great woman theory of coronavirus leadership true?
A couple of days ago, Norway’s Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, was asked why countries with women leaders were having more success combating the coronavirus pandemic than their male counterparts. After all, Taiwan, New Zealand, Finland and Germany...
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
The importance of gender inclusion in COVID-19 responses
In late January, President Donald Trump announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force, made up of 12 senior officials who would be responsible for leading the U.S. response to COVID-19. All were men. On Feb. 29, Vice President Mike Pence, the...
Monday, June 08, 2020
What if...we had quotas for women in politics?
They smile for the camera – the eager new cohort of female parliamentarians. It’s a standard photo, after a general election. A sign, hopefully, of progress. Over 100 countries in the world have signed up to the goal of gender parity in parliament,...
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Let's stop ignorin women's voices in times of crisis
By Mhairi Tordoff, Covid-19 catapulted the UK into chaos. This lockdown is unlike anything we could have ever imagined. Our daily lives have started to look something like a dystopian novel, just with more banana bread. Within the chaos emerged a...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Women leaders successfully fighting coronavirus show why we need a feminist foreign policy
By Lyric Thompson and Gawain Kripke, In recent weeks, calls have abounded to pay more than lip service to women’s contributions to the global economy. Suddenly we are hearing more about the female face of essential workers — both on the homefront...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
This pandemic threatens to undo what generations of feminists have fought for
By Moira Donegan, During this pandemic, a contracting economy, public health fears, and steadily reduced public services have shifted massive amounts of work and caregiving responsibilities to the home – and it is women who are picking up the slack...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
How women are getting squeezed by the pandemic
By Francesca Donner, The coronavirus has worsened existing social and economic inequalities, especially for women. While both women and men are suffering the economic fallout of the virus across the world, it is women — already more likely to be in...
Friday, May 22, 2020
On coronavirus, men are calling all the shots. We're seeing why it matters
By Gaby Hinsliff, Don’t go out alone in the dark. Don’t get carried away in the heat of the moment. Work twice as hard in order to be taken half as seriously, but don’t work so hard that you somehow forget to have a baby. Be nice, be good, but above...
Friday, May 22, 2020
How women leaders are rising to the unique challenges they’re facing from the pandemic
By Kathy Caprino, While the impact of the global pandemic is far-reaching and hitting millions of people throughout the U.S. in different ways, research has shown that women are more likely than men to say their lives have been disrupted because of...
Friday, May 22, 2020
Why are women-led nations doing better with Covid-19?
By Amanda Taub, Monday was a day of triumph for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Thanks to the efforts of the entire nation, she said, New Zealand had been largely successful in meeting its ambitious goal of eradicating, rather than just controlling,...
Friday, May 22, 2020
Jacinda Ardern's global renown is great, but she must do more for women
The gendered dimensions of political leadership during the Covid-19 crisis has achieved global proportions, with headlines claiming that women are doing things differently, and with better results. Much of this is assertion, given Vietnam and...
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Can COVID-19 close ASEAN’s gender gap?
While the COVID-19 crisis has upended our way of living and working, its chaos has brought with it some clarity. The rigid structures of yesterday are falling away, as more people are able to work from anywhere with an internet connection, while...
Friday, May 15, 2020
33 percent reservation for enhancing women participation in Indian politics
By Shirin Shabana, After working for more than 30 years in diverse social settings I realized without women's participation we can't resolve conflict, we can't stop wars and more than that there won't be diverse and peaceful inclusive sustainable...
Friday, May 15, 2020
A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap
By Danny Westneat, I’ve been getting a barrage of feedback on the big bind we have facing us — which is when, and how, we should go back to normal life and work amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus. Most of the hundreds of emailers or...
Friday, May 15, 2020
Without gender data, we leave critical COVID-19 clues on the table
By Björn Andersson, Mohammad Naciri, Any new and highly infectious pathogen triggers a world of worry, with a slew of questions to which there are no immediate answers. From HIV to Ebola and from severe acute respiratory syndrome to Middle East...

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