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Thursday, April 02, 2020
How a millennial prime minister is leading Finland through crisis
Whem I travel to Helsinki in late January to meet Sanna Marin, the millennial feminist environmentalist who had just become prime minister, the world looked so different than it does today. Back then, reports were slowly beginning to circulate about...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
COVID-19: Women front and center
Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, One thing is clear about the COVID-19 pandemic, as stock markets tumble, schools and universities close, people stockpile supplies and home becomes a...
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Australia: Covid-19 responses, why feminist leadership matters in a crisis
Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and, as seen by the actions of the White House and even our own Australian government, the usual mandates for gender balance and equality have already fallen by the wayside. It hardly seems like a...
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
New Zealand: It's reigning men, media portrayal and betrayal of 2 women PMs
By Blair Williams, During her nine years as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark was held in high regard for her skill and courage as a politician and advocate for nuclear disarmament and public health policy. She wasn’t the country’s first...
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
The Catch-22 at the Heart of the COVID-19 Crisis
By Sandra Pepera, t’s an extraordinary time, isn’t it? Women are leading the war against COVID-19. Women like the White House’s Ambassador (Colonel, Doctor) Deborah Birx, who is clear about her target audience (mostly folks like my three millennials...
Monday, March 30, 2020
COVID-19: What does it mean for gender?
By the Secretariat of the International Gender Champions (IGC) and Martin Chungong, Chair of the IGC Global Board and Secretary General of the IPU. In times of crisis, gender equality is a goal that is often temporarily put on hold. Gendered...
Thursday, March 26, 2020
We need women to run for office now more than ever
By Erin Loos Cutraro, When’s the last time you felt fired up by a female politician? It might have been from a news story you read online. Or a powerful debate answer. Or a tweet. Whether you lean right or left, there are so many women in office,...
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
What does feminist leadership look like in a pandemic?
By Leila Billing, I’ve been reading a lot of advice for leaders on how they can support their organisations to navigate Covid-19. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the mainstream guidance I’ve read on blogs, websites and social media: stoicism is key;...
Thursday, March 19, 2020
No, We don’t really want a female President
I still remember Wednesday, November 9, 2016 like it was yesterday. The decision was already clear the night before. But there was something of a nightmarish quality to the previous evening — something surreal. I thought maybe I would wake to a...
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Why representation in politics actually matters
At this week's presidential debate, both serious contenders left in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination made a historic pronouncement. Former Vice President Joe Biden committed to choosing a woman as his running mate, while Vermont...
Monday, March 16, 2020
The struggle for women in politics continues
From suffragettes to modern day feminists, women and men have fought long and hard for women’s right to vote and hold office. Progress is clear. As of 2015, women in every country in the world have the right to vote; the first nation to grant female...
Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Gender quotas should be an absolute minimum, not a target
By Ciairín de Buis, With more than three-quarters of our TDs being men, Ireland once again has one of the least balanced political systems in Europe. We make up more than half the population, so why are less than a quarter of our elected politicians...
Monday, February 24, 2020
Other nations have been putting women in charge. Where’s the U.S.?
By Rachel Vogelstein and Alexandra Bro, As the race for the Democratic nomination heats up, the chances of the two remaining women appear to be fading. As Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg jostle for the lead, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Amy...
Monday, February 17, 2020
On Presidents’ Day, let's talk about women
By Michelle Myers, More than two hundred years have passed since George Washington became the first President of the United States of America. Fast forward to this century and Donald Trump is the 45th head of state, with zero female presidents in...
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Are women being pushed out of Israeli politics?
By  Naama Lanski, Last Tuesday morning, the wings of history quietly flapped. MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), until recently the deputy foreign minister, was sworn in for the first time as a minister following her appointment to the Diaspora Affairs...
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
‘I don’t just want more women to run, I want them to win’
By Susan Inman, Running for office is a journey, and historically it’s a more difficult journey for women. While democracy was born thousands of years ago, in a very real sense, women are still pioneers on this frontier. Women only got the right to...
Friday, February 07, 2020
When it comes to women in politics, numbers matter – but policies matter even more
By James Kirkup, Predicting reshuffles is a mug’s game, but few at Westminster will be surprised if next month’s shake-up of ministerial jobs sees several women leave the cabinet. Justly or otherwise – and such things are rarely fair – the current...
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
A woman’s place is in politics - More communication, connection and community needed
By Silvana Koch-Mehrin and Matilda Flemming, Fifty-two years ago ‘Mary Poppins’ won five Oscars. Singapore, Maldives and Gambia became independent countries. West Germany and Israel established diplomatic relations. The Vietnam War raged. Malcolm X...

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