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).
On May 2, 2016 Jill Filipovic wrote an article in the New York Times that addresses the topic of women in power and how women can be at a disadvantage due to the fact that they just simply are not a man. Filipovic started her article by addressing the topic of race and how Representative Donna Edwards was accused of playing the race card during her election. In todays society many women have a hard time getting hired, trusted to execute a role, or even getting paid less by companies. Due to these issues many women such as Hillary Clinton is now being accused of “playing the women card” in her debates for presidency. The purpose of this piece of rhetoric is to argue that women are not just “playing the woman card” but that discrimination
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...
... trying to understand how gender plays a role in voting and it comes down to age, ideology and many theories that are trying to explain. For example, there are two theories that help people understand clearly as to how behavioral differences can affect voting decisions. The first explanation is known as the “different voice theory” suggests that men and women have different approaches and perspectives. The second explanation is the “critical mass theory” suggests that as women starting to increase in organizational settings, there is a better chance to see the difference in behavior between men and women. In the end, women tend to have more impact than men, whether it is relating to voting or making political decisions, because women tend to have a stronger unity as a group and they tend to make a stronger difference when it comes to protecting rights and equality.
“Both women came from completely different political points of view. Both women presented themselves in completely opposite ways on the national political stage. But, both women experienced the wrath of a society seemingly afraid to see a woman in power…. While there has been no lack of critique, analysis, and conversation about how sexism played a role in both Senator Clinton and Governor Palin’s campaigns, one thing that has not been well-identified is the resolution of how society will proceed and one day elect a female commander-in-chief” (Nedeu 2008).
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
According to the report, women have been running for public offices in ever increasing numbers. Nevertheless, it can sometimes be a daunting task, as women can sometimes encounter violence or prejudice in the field of politics. However, it seems that women’s difficulty in participating in government and politics is an issue which is being tackled in many areas. It seems that it is (or has been) an international issue, which is consistent across many cultures. The types of obstacles women face may vary from are to are, but there usually exist a few obstacles. For example, the report cited an example concerning the 2007 Kenyan general elections where a record number of women sought parliamentary seats, however, there were also unprecedented levels of violence. Women across the world have been grossly underrepresented in government for ages. Of course, certain things are...
Gender discrimination is prevalent and becoming the social norm in our current society. Right now America is in the middle of a presidential race, and there are several women currently in the running. The most visible of these candidates is Hillary Clinton. It is truly inspiring that just a mere ninety-five years ago the 19th amendment was passed, women had just received the right to vote and now they are able to run for president. Objectification, sexist comments, and unfair evaluation are all things that Hillary Clinton has to endure because she is a woman.
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
. 1975 The second wave of women entering the job market was motivated less by desire and more by necessity and the need to earn money. Everything cost more now and the amenities of middle class existence can no longer be maintained on a single income. With the rising cost of houses, cars, college, private schools. The economic facts are clear, women must work. Now is the time for women's equality from Congress to all other government and corporate decision-making levels. With men, we get rhetoric, more problems and no answers, but lots of excuses. In the political arena women are making strides throughout America. Although women elected to positions of prominence do not always take pro-women positions, their presence makes a difference. The transnational company that works within government structures and agencies is in an ideal position to use its home country experience working with women managers, and executives to positively reinforce the role of women in government in those jurisdictions where the company has subsidiary operations. Although there are many ex...