Currently, there are 84 women in the U.S. House of Representatives. That number is about to rise to at least 100.
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Research shows that women work more collaboratively than men in groups and create more inclusive solutions to thorny problems. More women in Washington could bridge America's yawning partisan divide.
Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde (left) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Women in Ethiopia are shaking the foundations of the country's political framework by taking on powerful positions.
California’s Katie Porter, seen here with Democratic candidates and former president Barack Obama, is one of just three first-time female congressional candidates in California.
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A record number of women are poised to win public office in 2018. But don't look to California for help shifting the gender balance in Congress during the 'year of the woman.'
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili is a candidate in Nigeria’s upcoming 2019 elections.
Can Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili become the next Nigerian president?
Black women in Brazil protest presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, who is known for his disparaging remarks about women, on Sept. 29, 2018.
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In Brazil, a record 1,237 black women will stand for office in Sunday's general election. As in the US, their campaigns reflect deep personal concern about rising racism and sexism in politics.
Public outrage followed the 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in Delhi, India. Here, demonstrators call for justice at the one-year anniversary of the incident.
India is the most dangerous country for women in 2018, according to a new survey. Putting more women in government is a necessary first step in preventing rape and better protecting abuse survivors.
One of the voting booths in Makassar, South Sulawesi, during the June 27 regional elections.
More women have been elected in the latest regional elections in Indonesia.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez poses with his new cabinet, which has more women than men.
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Once women gain access to the highest political ranks, their numbers continue to grow, a new study shows. Their presence lays a 'concrete floor' of inclusion for future governments to build on.
Fighter? Taiwan’s first female president, Tsai Ing-wen.
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The measure of women's political advancement isn't the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women's lives.
Some 200,000 Argentinean women marched on March 8 for International Women’s Day. Many proclaimed their support for legalizing abortion.
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A new bill that would legalize abortion in Argentina has spurred surprise debate on the gender pay gap, parental leave and political representation. Will Argentinean women finally get their due?
Oprah’s ‘Time’s up!’ speech at the Golden Globes got people talking about her candidacy in 2020.
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.
Women face myriad barriers running for office and it’s time to knock down those obstacles starting at the municipal level.
In this November 2017 photo, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sits between Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, right, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie.
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Canadian women are under-represented in politics and are hesitant to run for office for myriad reasons. Here's what needs to be done, especially at the municipal level, to get more women in office.
Ireland was quick to elect a woman member of parliament, but it's been slow going thereafter.
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Not everyone won the vote in 1918, and not everyone is living their best life now.
Michael Fallon has resigned as defence minister over allegations against him.
If ever there was a time to think seriously about whether parliament represents the people, it's now.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s record on women’s rights has been mixed.
The international media and her supporters continue to hoist Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf up as the matron of African women's rights. But she does not deserve this title.
Faced with the prospect of constant online attack, why would anyone want to get into politics?
Women in political leadership face many of the same problems, no matter where they live.
Even in egalitarian Europe, female politicians must battle gender stereotypes, biased media coverage, and entrenched power.
It was a vintage year for women's visibility, but that's not necessarily a good thing.
Despite its progressive nature, The Age newspaper has never had a female editor-in-chief.
Women remain systemically underrepresented at the top levels of Australia's most powerful institutions – including the media, universities, government, judiciary and corporate sector.