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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Australia: Liberal women have little chance if the system still favours party cronyism
By Eugenie Joseph, Many candidates – across all parties – are not selected on clear merit, especially for winnable seats. Gender quotas have been a hot topic, but while they will increase the quantity of women they are not a magic bullet solution to...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
What you see when it’s your job to open a woman MP’s Facebook messages
I’ve worked at parliament for three different MPs over five years. For the first time, I’m now working for a woman MP, and the kind of messages sent to her online are shocking. “Hey, what are you up to tonight?” “Is that your boyfriend?” It’s 9.37pm...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I was the youngest woman in Congress. Here's my advice to those who have taken my place
By Elise Stefanik, When I was sworn in four years ago, I was given wise counsel by the previous youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Now, I'm proud to do the same. Now that the 116th Congress is sworn into office, I am proud and honored to pass...
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Kamala Harris: 'Single women in politics' aren't granted the same 'latitude' as men
By Judy Kurtz, Sen. Kamala Harris says single women in politics get treated differently than their male counterparts. The imbalance, the California Democrat writes in her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” released Tuesday, is part...
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Hillary Clinton’s “Likable” comment is a swipe at how people talk about women leaders
By Mehreen Kasana, More often than not, "likability" tests haunt women in politics more than their male colleagues. Most recently, pundits wondered aloud if Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who announced that she was exploring a 2020...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Have we learned nothing from 2016 about how to cover women in politics?
By Michelle Ruiz, No sooner had Elizabeth Warren (all but) announced her 2020 presidential candidacy than the same old sexist narratives began: “How does Warren avoid a Clinton redux—written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Congress is more heavily female than at any point in history — thanks solely to new Democrats
By Philip Bump, On Thursday, the most heavily female House of Representatives in U.S. history selected a woman as its leader for the next two years, setting a new high-water mark in the gender diversity of the House and Congress as a whole. That...
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Only 1 out of 36 newly elected female representatives in Congress is Republican – here's why it matters
By Malliga Och, Idaho State University and Shauna Shames, Rutgers University The 116th Congress will be the most diverse in U.S. history: 126 women will take office, including 43 women of color. Yet, as many have noted, this new diversity is...
Wednesday, January 02, 2019
Women who rule the world: The 22 most powerful female political and policy leaders 2018
By Nicolette Jones, The number of women in politics and policy has always been relatively small, but even so their power now feels more tenuous than ever. As political leaders around the globe face an ever more precarious geopolitical climate,...
Friday, December 28, 2018
How significant are women in Nigerian politics?
In recent years all over the world, a new dimension of women in politics emerged . More and more women have now been entering into politics. Conventional politics reflected male concerns and hence women were notably absent in politics.Welfare...
Friday, December 28, 2018
How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender
By Eva Barboni, For years, women candidates have been advised to downplay their gender, to dress in a gender-neutral way, and to avoid talking too much about “women’s issues.” In many cases, this was the right strategy. With public opinion still...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Georgia: First female president does not signify gender equality
Salome Zurabishvili was sworn-in as the new President of Georgia on 16 December at an inauguration ceremony in Telavi. Many foreign media outlets focused on the fact she is Georgia’s first female president. However, despite her significant victory,...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Viewpoint: Gender parity matters among Mass. Public higher ed leaders
Diversity is good for consumers and businesses — it leads to better decision making in all organizations. Studies have found that corporations with diverse boards and management teams are more profitable and better governed. Organizations need...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Do men women really have different leadership styles?
By Aleksandra Gadzala, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Africa Center; CEO Magpie Advisory, Atlantic Council. Greater female leadership is often associated with gains on issues like health, sexual violence, gender gaps in employment and financial...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Excluded, stereotyped and abused: where do women stand in UK politics today?
By Sian Norris, 100 years since (some) women won the right to vote, they’re still marginalised in corridors of our power – and facing a backlash there too. Visitors at Westminster Hall are now welcomed into the British Houses of Parliament by a...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Canada should elect a gender-balanced Parliament in 2019
It was nearly a century ago that Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the House of Commons. Her victory in 1921 meant she represented not only the southwestern Ontario riding of Grey South East, but every Canadian woman across the...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Nigerian women in politics: Biases, barriers, solutions
By Vweta Chadwick, During a visit to Nigeria in January this year, the UK special envoy on gender equality, Joanna Roper told journalists 250 million pounds has been earmarked by the British government towards getting more Nigerian women get into...
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Why Kenyan men don't want to share power with women
The Kenyan parliament is a tough playground. And just like any other playground, the bigger ones tend to play rough and keep the toys to themselves. The "boys" in parliament have been doing exactly that, by refusing to share their play area and...