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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Why do people really dislike the women running for President?
By Amanda Arnold, Regardless of their stance on universal health care, their voting record, or endorsements, the women running for president have been haunted by the same question: Are they “likable”? While all politicians are evaluated in terms of...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Women have been a lot less visible in this UK general election campaign – why?
Every general election is haunted by the ghosts of campaigns past. The most significant spectre in 2019 has to be Nancy Astor, who on December 1 1919 was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons as an elected member of the UK...
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Women to the rescue: The gendered effects of public discontent on legislative nominations in Latin America
Political parties act as gatekeepers, meaning that improvements in the representation of women depend on parties’ willingness to nominate women candidates. Previous research suggests that party characteristics and gender quotas largely explain women...
Friday, September 06, 2019
Women and politics
For the first time in 20 years a woman candidate has been named to contest at the upcoming Presidential Election. Environmentalist Dr. Ajantha Perera being nominated is largely seen as a positive sign for increased women representation in Sri Lankan...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Women's Equality Day is a timely reminder of the impact women voters have on elections
In 1973, Congress declared August 26th "Women's Equality Day." The date, according to the National Women's History Alliance, celebrates the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote, and brings awareness to the continued...
Monday, July 15, 2019
Women's parliament representation at its highest post-reform
The General Elections Commission (KPU) released a report on its official Twitter account about women’s representation at the Indonesian parliament, which the commission deemed the highest in the post-reform (pasca-reformasi) era. The infographic...
Friday, July 12, 2019
Why men thought women weren’t made to vote
William T. Sedgwick believed that no good could come of letting women vote. “It would mean a degeneration and a degradation of human fiber which would turn back the hands of time a thousand years,” Sedgwick said in 1914. “Hence it will probably...
Friday, March 01, 2019
Women’s representation in the 2018 Fiji election
Written by Kerryn Baker Fiji went to the polls on 14 November 2018. The incumbent FijiFirst Party won a narrower victory than expected, with just over 50 per cent of the vote. The main opposition party, the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Bangladeshi politics is man's domain
Two powerful women – Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia – have dominated Bangladeshi politics for decades, but the South Asian country's women are still underrepresented in parliament and are politically marginalized. Nazla Ibtesham, an 18-year-old...
Friday, November 09, 2018
Women in politics are the new, unexceptional normal
By Soraya Chemaly, The midterm elections saw a cascade of historical firsts for women, as the first Muslim women (Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali American former refugee in Minnesota) and Texas’ first Latinas (...
Friday, October 26, 2018
Women in Palestine face violence and political exclusion, campaigner tells UN
Women are being shut out of Palestinian politics and excluded from peace talks, according to Randa Siniora, the first female Palestinian campaigner to address the UN security council. Speaking at the UN on Thursday, she said that while women in the...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Women candidates rewrite the political playbook
The impact of record numbers of women candidates has already been felt this election cycle. The #MeToo movement and anger about the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest has driven women to break free from some of the conventions that have...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Women candidates poised to make history in 2018 midterm elections
The 1992 election is often referred to as "The Year of the Woman," as more women were elected to Congress than any year before. This year is set to be another record-breaking year by the same measure, and several women are poised to make history due...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Women in Mexico face increasing violence—will a wave of women in government change that?
By Oscar López, Ever since she was a young girl growing up in the rough suburbs of Mexico City, Citlalli Hernández had big political dreams. “I always thought that something was wrong with the country, that I had to do something to transform it,”...
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Will women decide the Brazilian election? The potential impact of female voters and candidates
Polls suggest that women may play a decisive role in determining who wins the presidential race in Brazil this October. As many as two-thirds of women are currently undecided, and 60 percent reject one of the current front-runners, Congressman Jair...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Women the biggest losers in Zimbabwe election
The resignation of Robert Mugabe in November last year has brought a glimmer of hope for credible elections in Zimbabwe on July 30 after the many miscarriages of justice in the past three elections. But, despite a great deal of advocacy and a much-...
Friday, July 13, 2018
Women's rights in Tunisia: Could first female mayor signal democratic change?
By Wesley Dockery, Last week, the Tunisian capital elected Souad Abderrahim its first female mayor in the first city elections since the Arab Spring. Could her victory signify a new direction for Tunisia's formerly Islamist Ennahda party? Tunisia...
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Women won big in Mexico’s elections — taking nearly half the legislature’s seats. Here’s why.
By Magda Hinojosa and Jennifer M. Piscopo, While observers discuss leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s victory in Mexico’s presidential election, complete with majorities in both chambers of congress and control of nearly half the governorships...