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Monday, December 17, 2018
From New Zealand to Saudi Arabia: When women won the vote worldwide
The Representation of People Act 1918 granted the vote to Irish and English women aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications. While some nations had extended that right to women earlier, other countries, in Europe as well as elsewhere, did...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Fawzia Zainal elected first woman Speaker of Bahraini parliament
Bahrain’s parliament made history on Wednesday when it elected MP Fawzia Zainal as its first female Speaker of the Council of Representatives. Zainal, who won 25 votes from the 40-member lower house chamber, became the second woman to head a...
Friday, December 07, 2018
First Afghan woman appointed to high Interior Ministry post
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan has appointed its first woman to a senior post at the Interior Ministry, naming Hosna Jalil as deputy for policy and strategic affairs. Following her appointment ceremony on Wednesday, Jalil said she relished...
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Female politicians are more effective for their constituents, a study says. So why aren’t there more of them in office?
By Courtland Milloy Angela Alsobrooks, the first woman elected Prince George’s county executive, thanked her mother among others during an inaugural address on Monday. “She made me proud to be a woman, a servant and a fighter,” Alsobrooks said. She’...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Former New Zealand PM says more women leaders needed to solve world’s problems
If more women were in positions of leadership, the world would be a more peaceful place, according to former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark. In a sit-down interview with CTV National News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, Clark...
Monday, November 05, 2018
Female politicians from around world mark century of UK women’s suffrage
A young Bosnian MP who denounced her uncle’s war crimes, a member of the Syrian opposition and a Gambian women’s rights campaigner are among the female parliamentarians who will sit in the House of Commons chamber this week. A landmark event on...
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Female candidates break barriers, except when it comes to money
Rashida Tlaib, running in a tough six-way Democratic primary for a House seat in Michigan and positioning herself to be the first Muslim woman in Congress, was thrilled when a man who champions Muslim candidates across the country donated just under...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Fury is a political weapon. And women need to wield it
By Rebecca Traister, What the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh showed us about who gets to be angry in public. By Rebecca Traister, Ms. Traister is the author of “Good and mad: The revolutionary power of women’s anger.” Inside...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Four colored girls who have considered politics: Enter the halls of power. America needs us
By Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore, political activists and co-authors of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics," coming Oct. 2. As black women, our very existence is political. It’s time for us — whether we’...
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
For women foreign ministers and activists, a historic first in Montreal
At the first official Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Canada provided a window for activists to shape ideas about what a feminist foreign policy should look like. Those present tell OpenCanada what they’ll be watching for from the ministers at the...
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Fighting sexual harassment helps women rise, says Canadian PM
TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says movements such as Me Too play a role in changing a workplace culture that often keeps women from top-level positions. Speaking at a women’s summit in Toronto, the prime minister said sexual harassment is...
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
For female candidates, harassment and threats come every day
Four days before the 2016 congressional primary in her Northern California district, Erin Schrode woke up to tens of thousands of messages. They were everywhere: in her email, on her cellphone, on her Facebook and her Twitter and her Instagram. “All...
Friday, August 17, 2018
France's gender equality Minister has already cracked down on catcalling and online abuse. She's just getting started
The first time a man stopped Marlène Schiappa and said something obscene, she was 14 years old and walking down a street in Paris’ northern 19th arrondissement. Shocked, she rushed home to her apartment and told her family. They were unsurprised. “...
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Fatuma Gedi Ali
Fatuma Gedi Ali is a Member of the National Assembly in Kenya. She is the current Women representatives for Wajir County. She has been a member of Orange Democratic Movement since January 18th 2013. In 2013, when she was 26, she vied for a women...
Friday, July 20, 2018
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigerian women are more reliable in politics than their men counterparts
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said Nigerian Women are more reliable in politics than their men counterparts, saying it is high time political leaders got them involved in the country’s politics. Obasanjo said this while speaking at the Women’s...
Monday, July 16, 2018
Forget suits. Show the tattoo. Female candidates are breaking the rules
After years of being told to put on a suit and recite their résumé, women running for office are now revealing themselves in more complex ways. The guys at the union hall have just swapped out the first keg when Abby Finkenauer, Democratic candidate...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Female representation in politics remains “strikingly low” in Myanmar
Female lawmakers, in a country where women make up 52 percent of the population, account for around 10pc of the overall MPs in both the national and regional legislatures. Forty-eight female lawmakers from the Union and regional parliaments gathered...
Friday, June 08, 2018
Fourth woman to preside over UN General Assembly dedicates her election to women in politics
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés is the fourth woman in the UN's history to be elected President of the General Assembly.