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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Chile’s Women Candidates, Not Two of a Kind
“There’s something sexist about saying that the candidates are two women. Has anyone ever remarked on it when the candidates are two men?” former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet complained about comparisons between herself and her main rival in...
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Thatcher was no 'weird machine', says biographer, UK
Those who described Lady Thatcher after her death as "not really a woman" or "inhuman" were "really wide of the mark", according to the late prime minister's biographer, Charles Moore. The former editor of the Daily Telegraph, who was given access...
Monday, August 19, 2013
More women gearing up for poll challenge, Bahrain
The study, A View of Bahraini Women's Political Stance, was made by Bahraini Nooh Khalifa, who is a renowned author and media expert. A total of 300 Bahraini women from different political backgrounds and age groups were surveyed. It was completed...
Monday, August 19, 2013
Women use Twitter to raise issues, Saudi Arabia
Thousands of Saudi women have been using social media, especially Twitter, to air their views and campaign for their rights, a senior Saudi journalist said, adding that their tweets were instrumental in mobilizing public and official support for...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
David Cameron needs more women at the top of the coalition, says minister, UK
Lady Verma argues macho 'bang on tables' to be heard aspect of politics is unattractive, but warns PM against tokenism Female politicians have to work hard to be "noticed and seen" in the "bang-on-tables" world of Westminster, one of David Cameron's...
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Federal Liberal Party
At 38, Julie Bishop had achieved what many young lawyers aspire to do. Having worked as a barrister and a commercial litigation solicitor, she was managing partner of a national law firm’s Perth office. She was at the peak of her career, or so she...
Monday, August 12, 2013
Australia's Sarah Palin, and One Nation Candidate Aborts Election Bid Due to Pressure Over Viral Video
Stephanie Banister, dubbed as the "Sarah Palin of Australia", has dropped out of the election race on August 10 after committing several interview blunders and calling Islam a country.  The 27-year-old One Nation candidate was campaigning for...
Saturday, August 10, 2013
African women enter public office, but wield little influence in policy making
“If you want to be influential in the political arena, you need to influence policy,” Ms Betty Murungi, a social justice advocate, recently told female entrepreneurs and corporate managers in Nairobi. A lawyer, Murungi is the director of Urgent-...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Jenny Macklin will tackle Inter-Generational Unemployment if ALP is Re-elected, Australia
Can you name the politician with the most influence over the lives of women and their families in the past five years? Few would probably come up with Jenny Macklin, the low profile but highly prolific Minister for Families in the Federal Labor...
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Aung San Suu Kyi Visits NDI’s New Parliamentary Research Center in Burma
On August 6, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi visited NDI's new Parliamentary Resource Center (PRC) in the capital city of Naypyitaw. Although not yet officially open, the PRC is attracting the interest of MPs from many...
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin and the politics of marriage, USA
Women are defined in American society by the men who are or aren't in their lives. From the time we're little girls into young adults, we're encouraged to find our prince charming and never let him go. People quietly frown upon single women,...
Monday, August 05, 2013
Australian Women in Politics: Anna Burke, Speaker of the House of Representatives
In the lead up to the Federal Election on 7 September 2013, Australian Women Online will be profiling women from the major political parties in both houses of Federal Parliament. First up is Anna Burke, Federal Member for Chisholm (ALP) and Speaker...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Funny how gender never came up during Bernanke’s nomination. Or Greenspan’s. Or Volcker’s. USA
When I wrote my article on the subtle, sexist whispering campaign against Janet Yellen, my example of a rare not-so-subtle sexist comment came from Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve. Asked about Yellen on CNBC, he worried that...
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Sandra Fluke to Join Political Training Program for Women, USA
The Georgetown law student Rush Limbaugh labeled a "slut" and "prostitute" because of her comments before congressional leaders about insurance coverage of contraception in 2012 has joined a training program for Democratic women with ambitions of...
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
We need to encourage women to run for election - Sen. Averil Power, Ireland
In Ireland, the rate of female participation in politics is one of the lowest in Europe Just 15 per cent of Dail members are women, which ranks 5th in Europe, according to European Parliament figures collected after the general election in 2011. ...
Monday, July 29, 2013
UMass Boston Appoints New Leader of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, USA
Ann Bookman, a nationally known researcher and social policy expert on women's issues, work-family balance and community engagement, has been named director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP)of the McCormack Graduate...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Heiresses apparent: Daughters take their turn for the political dynasty, USA
American political dynasties historically have been built on power passed from fathers to sons, brothers to brothers, even husbands to wives: the Adamses, the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons. Now, it is the daughters’ turn. We invite you to read...
Friday, July 26, 2013
Australia's Julia Gillard reveals what she thought when she gave the 'misogyny speech'
As prime minister, Julia Gillard remained instinctively private, consistently contained and, for a figure so much in the public eye, oddly enigmatic. But in an interview with the Melbourne-based magazine the Monthly, conducted during her final...

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