Category: News Tracking

Over 70 Nations Have Been Led by Women. So Why Not the U.S.?

Hillary Clinton got closer than any American woman to the nation’s top job, but her loss this week has thrown a spotlight back on the question: Why has the United States lagged behind so many countries around the world in choosing a female leader?

 

Nearly Half of the Millennial Women Worldwide Still aren’t Sure About Female Political Leaders

Neha Thirani Bagri, Quartz – September 7, 2016

While female politicians are making headlines in the US, Europe and South America, seeing a woman in a position of power is still an uncomfortable idea for many. Female political candidates are subject to scrutiny that men rarely face, and even when they are in elected to power, the misogyny continues.

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Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard: How the Media Shape our View of Leaders as ‘Women’

Ana Stevenson, Conversation US – August 21, 2016

Just as Australian journalists derided Gillard for supposedly “playing the gender card”, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused Clinton – his opponent in November – of playing the “woman’s card”. This can be contextualised in terms of the feminist theory of post-feminism. When male politicians speak of women in such ways, they normalise masculinity while foregrounding the supposed insignificance of gender. This renders gender absolutely central to political debate.

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Tim Kaine: U.S. Behind Some Muslim Countries in Electing Women

Susan Berry, Breitbart – August 17, 2016

Democrat vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine says the United States is far behind some Muslim countries in treating women equally because it is “below the global average” in the percentage of women in elected office.

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Here’s How Historic Hillary Clinton’s Nomination is, Compared to the Rest of the World

Aaron Blake, Washington Post – July 26, 2016

The Democratic Party on Tuesday officially made Hillary Clinton the first American woman to be nominated for president by a major political party. But as you’ll likely be reminded, the United State’s isn’t exactly ahead of the curve on this.

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Women Could Soon Lead the Three Largest Western economies

Jena McGregor, Washington Post – June 30, 2016

It’s still months until September, when Britain’s next prime minister will be named, and November, when the United States will elect its next president. But the political turmoil that’s erupted following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union has put in place the possibility of a profoundly historic moment: By next January, women could lead the three largest Western economies. Yes, it’s early, and yes, it’s still totally speculative. But the possibility that women could lead the United States, Britain and Germany at the same time is also a very real one.

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From Julia Gillard to Hillary Clinton: Online Abuse of Politicians Around the World

Elle Hunt, Nick Evershed and Ri Liu, The Guardian – June 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton received almost twice as much abuse as Bernie Sanders on Twitter this year, according to a wide-ranging analysis provided to the Guardian that compared the treatment of politicians in the US, UK and Australia. The abuse of politicians online, particularly women, is perceived by some to come with the territory. But as high-profile cases flag the urgent need to clean up the web, the scope of the problem is now revealed in greater detail in work by a Brisbane-based social data company, Max Kelsen.

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O If Hillary Clinton Cracks that ‘Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling,’ She’ll Bring Other Women Along With Her Into Office

Curtis Bell, Washington Post – June 23, 2016

Now that Hillary Clinton has locked up the Democratic nomination for president, she is one step closer to breaking the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” in American politics. If she wins, would her presidency bring more women into political office in the United States? That’s very possible — even probable. At least, that’s what we can conclude from my new paper about the 50 countries where, since the 1950s, women have held the highest office, such as president or prime minister.

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Why the US is so Far Behind in Electing a Woman Head of State

Zack Beauchamp, Vox – June 9, 2016

For the first time in the US, a major party has nominated a woman for president. That’s a major accomplishment. By global standards, though, it’s long overdue. The United States, which positions itself as the world’s foremost beacon of democracy and equality, is actually behind quite a few other countries when it comes to giving a woman the top job.

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