Norway had its first woman prime minister in 1981 — Gro Harlem Brundtland — and today has women in the three most powerful Cabinet posts — prime minister, foreign minister and finance minister. More than 41 percent of MPs elected in 2017 were women and, outside politics, the Scandinavian country was the first to introduce a 40 percent quota for women on company boards. But when the Norwegian #MeToo cases began appearing, “there was a realization that we are actually not equal,” said Berit Aalborg, political editor at Norwegian newspaper Vårt Land.
Despite a relatively free press, diverse religious groups and women in prominent positions in the business world and the media, Lebanon ranks surprisingly low when it comes to female representation in politics, and politicians have failed to act on a movement to institute a quota for women in parliament. "Keeping women from public life is not only a loss for women. It is a loss for the parliament," Minister of State for Women's Affairs Jean Oghassabian told The Associated Press. "The main obstacles are mentality, a philosophy of life, and this needs time," he said.
Sinn Fein’s governing council met in Belfast to formally ratify Ms McDonald, with a special conference to elect her to be held next month when Mr Adams, 69, steps down after almost 35 years at the helm. The party was last led by a woman back in 1937, when Margaret Buckley took charge, strengthening the relations between the party and the IRA during her 13-year tenure.
“We know that if we want to achieve true gender parity, where women are involved in the decisions that affect their lives, there is still much to be done. I am happy that this strategy is well placed to make progress in crucial areas that impact people on a daily basis. The collaborative approach and the actions laid out for future work will improve women’s equity in Vancouver."
There are too many prerequisites for anyone to actually be “qualified” to manage a campaign, unless they’ve done it before (polling, opposition research, field, mail, messaging, data, digital, fundraising, petitioning to get on the ballot…it’s a lot!). But if you can learn fast and adapt, you’re probably qualified. If you’ve volunteered or worked for a campaign before and paid attention to how all the pieces fit together, you’re qualified. If you’ve organized events, raised money for charity, managed staff or volunteers, you’ve got skills that will translate. Think about it: If you asked a room of people who thought they were “qualified” for a job that it was impossible to have all of the qualifications for, who do you think would raise their hands right away? We have to create pathways for women and people of color, who frequently start on campaigns as volunteers or field organizers, to move up and become leaders.
“Oprah’s narrative – this triumphant narrative of coming from a hardscrabble, traumatic, abusive [background] – and becoming one of the wealthiest women, the wealthiest black women, and creating her own empire is the quintessential American story as we envision it,” says Leah Wright Rigueur, assistant professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and author of The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.
The issue is compounded for women. Voter ID laws alone account for an estimated 34 percent of women who could be turned away from the polls for not having the right documents, according to the National Organization of Women. Because 90 percent of women change their names when they get married, they often have different names on their identification documents. Among the people already impacted by these laws are a handful of women who face an even harder struggle. Their time, money and safety are taken for granted — all because of their gender.
She's long pushed for policies like federal paid family leave, and used her political organization to try to get more women to run for office. "Sometimes people say, 'Well, why do you just focus on women's issues?' " Gillibrand told NPR in 2013. "Well, why do you focus on issues that pertain to 52 percent of the population? It's pretty important. And women are such the untapped potential in this economy."