3 Things You Need to Know About Women in Politics
This election year has not been one without controversy. But if anything, it's shed a light on how far women have come in the political arena and beyond. But while women have made progress, it's important to be mindful that we still have a ways to go.
When it comes to women in politics, there is room for improvement, despite the cracks women have made in the glass ceiling.
1. A striking number of females in politics experience or have experienced some form of "sexism, harassment [or] violence," according to a recent study.
The study, concluded with the help of data from 55 women in parliament from 39 countries worldwide ("18 in Africa, 15 in Europe, 10 in Asia-Pacific, 8 in the Americas and 4 in the Arab World"), shows that 81.8 percent of women have been personally subjected to one or more acts of psychological violence, 21.8 percent have been subjected to sexual violence, 25.5 percent have been subjected to physical violence, and 32.7 percent have been subjected to economic violence. Of the highest percentage of violence, psychological violence (81.8 percent), 65.5 percent said they have suffered from humiliating sexual or sexist remarks, 44.4 percent answered that they've received "threats of death, rape, beatings or abduction," and 41.8 percent have seen "humiliating or sexually charged" images of themselves spread on social media.
2. Out of 189 elected governments in the world, Women in the World states that America is currently ranked 75th for female representation in government.
While the United States frequently prides itself on equality, statistics do not necessarily match that same pride. With under 25 percent of those in state government positions being women, 19.4 percent of Congress being female, and (so far) not a single female commander in chief, there is room to grow in number in addition to decreasing the violence against women once they are in politics.
3. According to The Nation, it will take up to 500 years for women to reach equal representation in government at its current rate of progress.
To put that in perspective... that's literally five centuries. Literally 100 years, five times. And that is just time we do not have. But, at the rate government is progressing — with women making up 20 percent of the U.S. Senate, 19 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives, 24 percent statewide offices and legislative seats, 18 percent of mayors in cities with populations over 30,000 people, and 0 percent of POTUSes — one can only hope the first female president will help change this.
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