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Friday, November 13, 2020
Why did it take so long to vote a woman into the White House?
To me, the banner story of this election season was not Joe Biden’s victory. It was the history-making of vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Here was a woman who had broken so many barriers. Not only is she the first woman to hold the office, but...
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Who is Priyanca Radhakrishnan? New Zealand’s first Indian-origin minister
Priyanca Radhakrishnan was appointed as New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister today, November 2. Radhakrishnan is one of the five new members that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brought into her executive. She will manage the following...
Monday, November 09, 2020
What election of Kamala Harris means to future of women in politics
When the networks declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential race, it was a history making moment for both the president-elect and his running mate Kamala Harris, whose election broke multiple barriers. Debbie Walsh, director of the ...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Women want an answer! Field experiments on elected officials and gender bias
Are elected officials more responsive to men than women inquiring about access to government services? Women face discrimination in many realms of politics, but evidence is limited on whether such discrimination extends to interactions between women...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Women politicians more likely to reply to people who reach out in need, study shows
The big idea Women politicians are more responsive than men when people come to them seeking health care and economic support, our newly published study on gender and government responsiveness reveals. Our research, conducted in 2017, was published...
Friday, November 06, 2020
Women activists emphasize the need for female empowerment in politics
The Aronson Center for International Studies held the third event in its 2020 Fall Speaker Series on Human Rights to discuss the topic of “Women and Conflict” on Thursday, Oct. 29. Sarah Parkinson, an assistant professor of International Studies and...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
What Joe Biden can learn from Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepted her landslide reelection win Saturday with a message for her country and the rest of the world: “We are living in an increasingly polarized world, a place where more and more people have lost the...
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Who was Victoria Woodhull? Meet the first woman to run for president of the United States
The first woman to run for president of the United States was unable to vote, too young to be elected, ignored by her chosen running mate, and ultimately thrown into prison on election day. Yet Victoria Woodhull, a thrice-married mother of two, was...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Women in Malaysian politics: Are politicians missing a point?
Making up an estimated half of Malaysia’s electoral roll, women remain to this day, crucial determinersof who comes to power and stays in power. It is then curious as to why women’s issues and legislations that impact women persist as an uphill...
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Women constituion-makers: comparative experiences with representation, participation and influence
On 24–25 October 2019, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)—together with the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law (ECCL) and the Political Settlements Research Programme (PSRP) at the University...
Friday, October 16, 2020
Women leaders translate rights into outcomes in Central African Republic
Women leaders suffered unspeakable atrocities during the conflict in the Central African Republic in which militias killed thousands and displaced many more. These women remain devoted to forging peace in their country and are doing so with help and...
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Women are systematically excluded from global coronavirus coverage, experts say
On a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program earlier this month, a debate between two physicians over coronavirus-related restrictions turned into a brief clash over the role of gender in mainstream discourse. “You’re just shouting; you’re not...
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Why the traits of female leadership are better geared for the global pandemic
As countries anticipate the second wave of Covid-19, recently published research provides evidence to show that countries with female leaders performed better on two significant counts; a lower number of positive Covid-19 cases and a lower number of...
Monday, October 12, 2020
Who owns the world and who merely lives in it?
The Thomson Reuters Foundation carried out a survey that stated that Dhaka ranked as the seventh most dangerous megacity for women. While sexual violence and cultural practices contribute to Bangladesh’s failure to protect women, what is often...
Thursday, October 08, 2020
Why Malaysia needs more young leaders in Parliament
In his paper “Does it matter that politicians are older than their constituents? Yes.”, Harvard postdoctoral fellow Charles T McClean posits: “Young people are under-represented in most political institutions. Over half of the world’s voters are...
Thursday, October 01, 2020
Women and COVID-19: five things governments can do now
While the economic and social impacts of COVID-19 on all are severe, they are more so for women. Many industries directly affected by quarantines– travel, tourism, restaurants, food production – have very high female labour force participation....
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Why we must fight to secure places for more women and young people in politics
The Kenyan political system is in crisis. The country’s chief justice, David Maraga, has written to President Uhuru Kenyatta to advise him to dissolve Parliament — a move that would require fresh elections. Why? Because the overwhelmingly male...
Friday, September 25, 2020
Weighing in on the efficacy of female leadership
It is necessary to get rid of inherent biases and perceptions about the effectiveness of women in roles of authorityWhat do Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand have in common? These are all countries that have women heading their governments. And...

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