Research shows they face greater obstacles to election than their male counterparts, thus work harder and represent constituents better.
Brexit, bots and jobs and bitcoin are set to dominate economics news in 2018.
The Chinese zodiac predicts justice, openness, tolerance and innovation for the year ahead. After a difficult political year, it could be just the tonic.
Author and social researcher Hugh Mackay says fragmentation was among the key themes of 2017 – but he has some concrete suggestions on how we can do better in 2018.