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Janet Yellen, then the chair of the Federal Reserve, addressed the Economic Club of Washington in December 2015.Joshua Roberts / Reuters file
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Janet Yellen confirmed as first female treasury secretary in U.S. history
Yellen "has long been an advocate for addressing the income and wealth distribution, and now she will be able to act on it,” said one economist. Former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen was confirmed as treasury secretary Monday, with the Senate...
Friday, December 18, 2020
Japan councilwomen says ouster shows gender bias in politics
A councilwoman who was ousted from the town assembly in a famous Japanese hot springs resort after accusing the mayor of sexual assault said Friday her case highlights the problems of male-dominated small town politics in which women are often...
Civic group members (L) submit a petition requesting more female representation among parliamentary candidates to ruling party lawmaker Seiko Noda (C) on Oct. 8 in Tokyo. (Kyodo)
Monday, December 07, 2020
Japan eyes 35% quota for women political candidates by 2025
TOKYO - Japan will aim for a 35 percent quota for female parliamentary candidates by 2025, Cabinet Office officials have said, hoping that setting a concrete target will advance gender equality in the political realm. Japan, which lags on the global...
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....
Nanaia Mahuta, the new foreign minister, is one of eight women in the cabinet © Getty Images
Monday, November 02, 2020
Jacinda Ardern appoints most diverse cabinet in New Zealand history
Prime minister appoints Maori as first woman foreign minister and offers Greens two posts. Jacinda Ardern has appointed the most diverse cabinet in New Zealand’s history, with indigenous Maori ministers making up a quarter of its 20-strong members,...
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...
Wednesday, October 07, 2020
Japanese lawmaker’s comments on sexual assault spark calls for more female representation in politics
A Japanese lawmaker has apologized for claiming that women can lie about sexual assault. The comments sparked an online petition and have led to calls for increased diversity in the country’s male-dominated politics. Sugita Mio, a member of the main...
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Japan is a 'democracy without women', says ruling party MP
A prominent member of Japan’s ruling party has described the country’s politics as “democracy without women”, days after the new prime minister appointed just two female MPs to his cabinet. Tomomi Inada, a former defence minister from the governing...
Friday, September 18, 2020
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, champion of gender equality, dies at 87
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died Friday. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in...
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Julia Gillard pleased her misogyny speech has become ‘battle anthem’ for young women
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said she is pleased her viral “misogyny” speech directed at Tony Abbott has become a “battle anthem” for young women fighting to make their way in the workplace. Speaking at the virtual launch of her...
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Jacinda Ardern says vision not 'defined' by Covid-19
Labour's campaign slogan "Let's Keep Moving" is hardly the most inspirational but reflects the conservative game plan - trade on the Covid response and stay on track. With Parliament adjourned and politicians ready to hit the campaign trail, RNZ...
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Julia Gillard discusses failings of political strong men like Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, coronavirus and her misogyny speech on Q+A
Former prime minister Julia Gillard has hit out at "strongman" leaders across the globe for their response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying "unless you're following the science", you are doing the wrong thing. Some of the nations that are led by...
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Japan to focus on female empowerment, support for single mothers
The Japanese government adopted Wednesday a set of policies on women, focusing on promoting their empowerment in the business and political arenas and helping single mothers secure child support from divorced husbands. The policies stated that...
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Jacinda Ardern: 'Political leaders can be both empathetic and strong'
In this book extract, the New Zealand PM says too much focus on power and strength means leaders can lose sight of the need for kindness. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jacinda Ardern and I’m the prime minister of New Zealand. And I’m...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Justice for women amidst COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global emergency of multiple dimensions. Most national governments have adopted extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 global crisis, 2020 was expected to...
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...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Julia Gillard on breaking barriers for women in politics and why she's an optimist
Julia Gillard, you became the first female prime minister in Australian history in 2010. What have been the challenges and opportunities for you as a woman working in politics? Have the obstacles women face in positions of power changed over the...
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Justice for Women
Justice for women and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitment to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group on Justice for Women worked to better understand...

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