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Mothers Shouldn't Run For Office, Says Noted Feminist Silvio Berlusconi

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home

An Italian mayoral candidate tried to discredit his opponent by questioning her abilities as a pregnant woman -- a line of attack that former Prime Mi...

Gender in Presidential Politics: Changing the Conversation

Barbara Lee | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Barbara Lee

As longtime observers and analysts of women's political progress, we look forward to seeing how a gender-forward election season unfolds. Instead of clichés and easy headlines about pantsuits and catfights, we must see serious and nuanced discussion, drawing on a growing body of research about gender in politics.

Here's When The Rest Of The World Elected Their First Female Leaders

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 04.20.2015 | Home

Every week, we bring you one overlooked aspect of the stories that made news in recent days. You noticed the media forgot all about another story's ba...

2014's Most Inspiring Women of Politics

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Nikki Gloudeman

From the U.S.'s first black female congresswoman, to a blind and trans Parliamentary candidate in England, to a bikini contest-winning Serbian councilwoman and cardiologist, the most remarkable female politicians of the year are united by a few key attributes: fearlessness, tenacity, and sharp political savvy.

Marina Fang

Women Are Underrepresented In Politics, But It's Not For The Reason You Think | Marina Fang | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Thirty years ago, Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman named to a major party's presidential ticket when the then-New York congressw...

Howard Fineman

It's All About Southern Women In The 2014 Elections | Howard Fineman | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Southern women are different," says Garden & Gun, the cheeky lifestyle magazine out of Charleston, S.C. "They're forever entangled ...

Facial Features Just May Affect Women's Odds Of A Political Win

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.15.2014 | Science

As more female politicians vie for seats in Congress and the one in the Oval Office, it's increasingly clear that factors unrelated to their political...

Dear Wendy Davis: Please Stop Talking About Your 'Story'

Ann Daly, PhD | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Ann Daly, PhD

Narrative is a deeply engrained cultural process that defines, inflicts and enforces taboos against ambitious women. The narrative of a mom heading off to Harvard Law School was never going to fly.

How Male And Female Politicians Are Treated Differently

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.08.2013 | Women

When female candidates are running for office, is the media coverage different? Yes, according to new research led by Johanna Dunaway, an Assistan...

How Texas Senator Wendy Davis REALLY Won the Vote

Alexia Parks | Posted 08.27.2013 | Denver
Alexia Parks

The news media made Texas state Senator Wendy Davis an overnight hero by reporting on her 11-hour filibuster, and the surprise defeat of a restrictive...

STUDY: Is This Actually Hurting Women In Politics?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 05.14.2013 | Women

In an essay published in May, New York senator Kirsten Gillbrand emphasized the importance of increasing the number of women in politics. "Women’s v...

Colorado Women Want Women to Run

Pat Waak | Posted 05.28.2013 | Politics
Pat Waak

Inside and outside the political parties, women are the movers and shakers from the local to the national level. They provide the special connection to the voters that have moved the State of Colorado forward in its politics.

Robin Kelly Winning Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Seat Is a Textbook Case for Women Politicians

Rebecca Sive | Posted 04.30.2013 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

We benefit when women win. Women make good public officials: They care, they collaborate, and they fight for their communities. Congratulations, second district, for making a good decision for all of us.

Girl Power: The Case for Women in Politics

Laela Zaidi | Posted 04.23.2013 | Teen
Laela Zaidi

We must make it a priority to empower young girls with the idea that they have just as much of a place in leadership as their male counterparts, in politics and beyond.

Why Aren't Women Voting for Women?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.28.2013 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Women, still judge other women -- simply put, continue to be judged against the standards initiated and maintained by men. And because many women therefore know quite well what it's like to feel judged, they then turn that judgment back on one another.

Should New Hampshire's New Leaders Talk About Being Moms?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.09.2012 | Parents

Written by Amanda Hess for Slate New Hampshire has gone full matriarchy. Next year, the state will be run by two female senators, three female repr...

Emerge America Is Putting More Women in Office

Jesse Seaver | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

I am proud to live in a state where both of our Senators and 19 of the 53 Congressional Representatives are women.Compared to the rest of the country, California is far ahead in electing female politicians to federal office.

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant: Naked Facts About Women and Equality

Charlotte Laws | Posted 06.04.2012 | Los Angeles
Charlotte Laws

Politics is where the power is, so if women desire that power, why does testosterone consume the room when it is time to affect change?

We Need More Heels Running Around Capitol Hill

Abby Huntsman | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Abby Huntsman

Today, as women represent more than 50 percent of the population, and after more than 90 years of having the right to vote, why are we not seeing an increasing number of women in politics, either running for office or in policy making?

Are Female Voters to Blame for the Failure of Female Candidates?

Keli Goff | Posted 05.12.2012 | Politics
Keli Goff

Our country's inability to elect women to the highest or even second-highest office in the land begs the uncomfortable question: if women are the majority of American voters, then does the blame for the dearth of women leaders lie with women voters?

WHY 2012: Women's Historic Year

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

These are no longer isolated battles we are fighting. This is a war -- a war it's time we win by electing more pro-choice, Democratic women to Congress who will stand up for women's health and the policies women and families need.

Bypassing the Playbook: Bachmann's Missed Opportunities

Barbara Lee | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Barbara Lee

She failed to capitalize on her gender as an asset or to take advantage of key changes in voter attitudes towards women candidates. Bachmann fell prey to many of the challenges facing women's campaigns for executive office.

Do Power Women Come In Pairs?

ForbesWoman | Posted 01.20.2012 | Women

Out of just 90 women (16.8%) currently serving in the U.S. Congress, two of them are sisters. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), who was elected to the House in ...

How Much Do Female Politicians Effect Young Girls' Goals?

Posted 01.18.2012 | Women

Increased presence and visibility of female politicians in local government raises the academic performance and career aspirations of young women in I...

A Call to Women in 2012

Katie Groke Ellis | Posted 03.12.2012 | Denver
Katie Groke Ellis

Colorado leads the nation with 41 percent of the state legislature comprised of women. We can be proud of our leadership on women as elected officials, but there are other indicators that should give rise to real concern for the future.