The role of women in politics depends on the dominant ideology in society, as well as socio-economic and political characteristics of stages of development. Women are poorly represented in political parties and national legislatures. The proportion of women-members of the lower chambers of parliament in the last twenty or thirty years has increased only slightly and reached a maximum of 12%, which is certainly much less than that of men (Zeinert 2002). Women are better represented in the lower chambers of parliaments in Europe, although this figure is that mainly due to the Scandinavian countries. In the Scandinavian countries in general the most powerful in the world of women. United States with a sad 13% is much lower on the list (Zeinert 2002).
However, the female participation in politics is a staggeringly low number, thus in the Global Gender Gap report of 2016, it ranked Canada 35 out of 144 countries (Forum,2016). Having Canadian women more involved in politics ensures that different perspectives and opinions are represented where it matters the most, in the government that organizes and creates all the legislations. Policies such as abortion rights should not be determined by men, but by women who can relate to or understand the grounds of the rights. The barriers that women face can easily be diminished with effort. The media can do its part and treat female politicians like they treat their male counterparts, based on their proposed policies and not by what they may be wearing at the time. Families and society itself need to drop the “traditional family” model and realize that modern families share responsibilities so that both parents can strive in their respected careers. Lastly women themselves need to be reminded that if they have the right qualifications, they could go as far as they want, specifically in politics. By becoming a politician, they could still be a good wife and/or mother, but their self-perception needs to be improved by those around them who need to encourage them. Female politicians would be beneficial for everyone in a community, as the standard of who can lead a country changes and people realize that women are capable and qualified as
Do women need equal representation in the political sphere? Don’t they have equal representation? This is one faction of what feminists fight for. Women make up a little over half of the United State’s voting population. However, they make up less than 20% of elected offices in government. This means that important views and opinions that missing percentage of women could be bringing to government are missing from legislation. Legislation regarding women’s reproductive rights, the Equal Pay Act, and other important decisions affecting women are never discussed with women. But why aren’t there more women in government? Women are constantly taught to aspire for positions that have lesser importance than the positions men are taught to aspire to. When sampling a group of little boys and girls, an equal number of them want to the President of the United States, but ask that same question to the group five years later, and it is common to see that more boys than girls still want to be President. To illustrate this idea, one can say that the expected job of a woman in bu...
Historically minorities in government, such as women, do not get proportionally represented. Women have fought for their right to vote since the late 1860s and still fight to be represented in parliament today. In Canada women approximately represent 50% percent of the population yet they only represent about 25% of parliament (Inter-Parliament Union, 2015). They have fought for the right to have a say in the government, and they should be represented by female members with the same ideologies as them. Women throughout history have been represented by men and have been forced to be left on the side-lines while men represented the country. This is discouraging to the young ladies who want to make a positive change
This phenomenon can be explained with feminist theories which focuses on inequality of power between men and women in terms of unequal distribution of political power. The best example of this inequality are numbers that speak for themselves. The US has never had a women president in the history, and even though women comprise majority of U.S population, their number in political offices are significantly lower than men. The reason behind underrepresentation of women in politics lies in the notion that women are not strong enough to hold a powerful position. Because of women 's underrepresentation a lot of men’s issues and policies are over-emphasized, while women’s concerns remain unattended. However, women’s concerns and policies often don’t just affect women, but the entire families. For instance, the issue of child care or maternal leave. In many families, one parent (in most cases women) is forced to leave the job and take care of a child due to the lack of childcare, or very short maternal leave. Strengthening women’s right and addressing barriers to political participation are critical to achieving gender equality and women empowerment. I believe that the issue of low number of women in politics is just a fragment of a much larger issue of inequality relating to political, economic, and social status. Some of the solutions to the problem include increasing women participation and leadership in civil society by providing skill building and leadership training for women. Women should join activists groups advocating for women’s right and equality on many different platforms. Equal pay, equal access to certain job positions would also facilitate equality that would increase the number of women in political positions. Most importantly, more women should vote since we create the majority of US population, and if women unite and vote they will have a
Trimble, L. & Arscott, J. (2003). Still Counting: Women in Politics Across Canada. Peterborough: Broadview Press. pp. 34
...ntries women are restricted in where they can and cannot work. Most commonly, they seem to be restricted from jobs in which physically taxing tasks are the norm. This is no doubt due to the stereotype that women are fragile and weak and must be protected (a stereotype that can hold true, but that is not always true). This also seems to be consistent across culture. However, despite the fact that these restrictions were enacted to protect women, they place heavy limitations on women’s opportunities. Furthermore, these are not the only injustices many women across the world face. However, the only way to fight these injustices is to increase women’s participation in politics, as discussed in the UN report from 2008. It is absolutely vital that women be able to actively participate in politics without letting gender discrimination and stereotypes get in the way.
In the book, The Women’s Movement, issues like women’s political participation and their membership to the workforce are discussed. Women have made critical improvements to their circumstances in life, be it there careers, political position, or even military involvement. Men primarily run the government that has authority over both males and females. Therefore it is necessary for the election of women into office to be the means of achiving the public policies that are consistent with the preferences of women (Gimlin, 1981). It is assumed that women office holders are better at representing women’s interests on a variety of issues, especially ones that directly affect women. Women are concerned with issues such as childcare, welfare, healthcare, and the care for the elderly. This is largely because women bear more of the