menocracy: Gender Representation in Government

menocracy: Gender Representation in Government

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Just how well are women represented as elected officials in the so-called “progressive” democracies of Canada, Great Britain and the USA? Not that well, it turns out. The only woman who served as head of government in North America, the Right Honorable Kim Campbell, offers opinions on why this is and how it affects everyone. Dr. Sue Carroll, Center for American Women in Politics, and leading political scientists comment on why these three countries fall so far behind in gender representation and what could be done to fix it. Different voting systems in democracies are illustrated and point to a solution for this problem.

If you're going to understand why more women don't get elected into office, you have to understand...that in most cultures, leadership is gendered masculine. That sets up a whole lot of challenges for women to face in entering the political arena.          
                                                                                       - Right Honorable Kim Campbell


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