“The U.S. ranks 101st, below China, Iraq and Afghanistan, when it comes to gender equity in our national legislature—down from 52nd two decades ago.”
Politico recently published a news article outlining the major gender deficit that the US is facing regarding women holding political offices. The article explains that although women statistically win elections at the same rates as men, they are simply not running for office at all. Reasons for choosing not to run for office can include anything from not being encouraged to hold a position of political power at a young age, to not having the confidence that she is well-qualified enough to run.
“Women not only underestimate their own qualifications; they underestimate the odds of all women.”
However, with light of the recent elections and political happenings, more women are being encouraged to run for offices not only at local levels, but also at state and federal levels. Some countries have even seen the benefits of including women in their legislature and have set quotas for women on the ballot tickets. Although the US will most likely not follow suit, this has given women the opportunity to have the confidence and resources they need to become individual candidates on the US ballots.
“We come at things in a different way,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) told the Rutgers Center, “and since 52 percent of the population is female, it behooves us to make sure that we have a voice, a woman’s voice in the discussions.”
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