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Friday, May 17, 2019
Female presidential candidates have to overcome the sexism — of other women
By Jay Newton-Small, There are already six women running for president in 2020, an unprecedented number, and two of them — Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) — routinely poll in the top five among the nearly two dozen...
Friday, May 10, 2019
The next president should not be a man
By Farhad Manjoo, There is no good reason to put yet another man in the White House. According to pollsters and political reporters, a dispiriting dynamic has taken hold of the early stages of the Democratic presidential primary: Voters are...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Women in politics: Is the gender gap in Canadian parliaments growing?
 By Bhinder Sajan, You’ve probably heard of women smashing glass ceilings, or breaking through barriers faced by females. But in politics there’s also increasing recognition that women may also be vulnerable to falling off what’s known as "the glass...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
The 2020 US elections will again expose the barriers facing female politicians
By Martina Fitzgerald, A recent issue of Vanity Fair featured a cover photo of White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke and his words about the 2020 US presidential race: “I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it.” One wonders what the reaction...
Friday, May 03, 2019
2020 is not a fair playing field. Here's how to even it out
By Marianne Schnall, A record six women are running for president on the Democratic side: Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and motivational speaker Marianne Williamson. This...
Friday, May 03, 2019
In the aftermath of genocide, Rwanda’s women have transformed the country
By Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Swanee Hunt, Twenty-five years ago, a savage genocide ripped apart Rwanda, a tiny nation in the heart of Africa. This month’s observance of the genocide that killed almost a million focused, as it should have, on those...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Why women led the uprising in Sudan
By Nasredeen Abdulbari Women had borne the brunt of the former president’s policies and were able to draw on Sudanese traditions to be heard. The protests that led to the ouster of Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, have been dominated by women. Day...
Friday, May 03, 2019
Finnish parliament still mostly middle-aged, male
Finland's parliamentary election on Sunday has been touted by some as a victory for "red-green" female candidates. Red-green parties include the Social Democrats, Left Alliance and Greens. A total of 92 women were elected to national office in...
Friday, April 26, 2019
A hard truth in Indian politics: men feel threatened by women who are intelligent, single and independent
The odds are stacked heavily against women in politics. They are up against strong, entrenched and largely patriarchal lobbies in political parties. A woman has to be part of a lobby to succeed—a lobby which will push her case for a ticket from a...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Is a new era dawning for women in politics?
By Robert D. Eldridge, Japan is known for its low rates of female participation in politics and ranks poorly internationally. However, there are some positive trends afoot, with the recent unified nationwide series of local elections seeing the...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Women in Ethiopia still struggle despite leadership in government
Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country’s government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors. I am thrilled to witness the fantastic changes that...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Europe’s missing women leaders
By Corinna Horst, The European Union has a woman problem. The bloc has never had a female president of the European Commission or European Council. And just two presidents of the European Parliament have been women — Simone Veil, who served from...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The real reason America has never had a female president
By Natalie Gontcharova, When you have conversations with people, few will admit that they think a woman president is a bad idea, in theory. In fact, many will enthusiastically say "it's time" for a woman in the White House. According to a recent...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Demeaning women is an assault on our politics
Women in Indian politics face a double disadvantage. The first is the difficulty in getting a foot in through the door in a male-dominated arena. Women account for only 12.15% of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha. The second is facing unacceptable sexist...
Friday, April 12, 2019
India: Ironic lack of women candidates in northeastern states
By Sudipta Bhattacharjee, My vote matters’. This is how the Election Commission is exhorting the electorate “in our ageless democracy,” in a poster depicting two tribal women from Sikkim. “The lines on my face do not matter, the ink on my finger...
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
'There needs to be more women in politics'
By Meghan Balogh, Young women from every federal riding in the country took part in a historic sitting in the House of Commons last Wednesday. Caberry Yu, a second-year medical student at Queen’s University, was one of 338 women ages 18 to 23 to...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Here's why having more women in government is good for your health
In November 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed the first gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history. In announcing his cabinet, he ensured that half of his closest advisers (15 out of a total of 30) were women. Canada’s gender-equal cabinet...
Friday, March 29, 2019
Protecting women in public life is a global political issue that affects us all. Here’s why
By Isabelle Arradon, In early January 2019, unknown gunmen shot dead Maritza Isabel Quiroz Leiva, a 60-year-old Colombian land rights activist on a small farm near the Caribbean city of Santa Marta. Her killing was a stark reminder that speaking out...