New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote in 1893, but during the pre-war years enduring prejudice against women in politics outweighed any support for women to stand for parliament
It's not just that the new top team only represents western states. Several of them seem rather unprepared to lead the union.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC), the youngest woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, has an authentic voice that is rising in popularity.
Women are vastly outnumbered in India's parliament but there are some key names to look out for.
Women of color in public office often face great scrutiny and hostility. New research shows how France's first black female senators used their experience fighting Nazis to pass landmark legislation.
After the Christchurch mosque shootings, New Zealand's prime minister didn't start a war on terror. She covered her head, cried, paid for funerals and passed gun control. Is it because she's a woman?
Japan's 86-year-old Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30 — an exceedingly rare event for this ancient monarchy. Can his son, Prince Naruhito, give Japan's royal family a modern makeover?
To reach the highest rungs of power, a new study shows, it really helps if your dad was president.
Despite the #MeToo movement, women in politics still face challenges in talking openly about gender equality.
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.
Women in Ethiopia are shaking the foundations of the country's political framework by taking on powerful positions.
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.'
Can Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili become the next Nigerian president?
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.
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.
More women have been elected in the latest regional elections in Indonesia.
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.
The measure of women's political advancement isn't the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women's lives.
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?
Getting to the White House would mean overcoming issues of race and gender.