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Can there be democracy without women?
The Roman and Greek civilizations, viewed as modeling modern day democracies, placed men as central public figures, although women appeared influential as goddesses in their respective mythologies. Their counterparts in Africa, Asia and the Pacific are said to have placed real women, and not just goddesses, in positions of genuine power, although it's not evident that those roles have translated into gains in modern day polities...
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Do Women’s Votes Matter?
The vote is a symbol of a citizen's full participation in government affairs. A vote is a consent to laws, rules and regulations, sometimes freely given, other times with notable hesitation. Historically, as democracies were established, the right to vote soon followed--at least for men, not for women and members of non-dominant racial groups...
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Do Women Change Elections?
While most women around the world had the right to vote by the mid 20th century, only in the last few decades have there been a significant number of women elected at local and national levels. And there is yet to be a critical mass. Today, women still face many barriers to participating meaningfully and competitively as candidates for office...
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Why Do Women Cross Borders?
More than a century ago, women spent months traveling by ship to attend the first international congress on women's rights in Paris in 1878. Without the benefit of airplanes and Internet access, people's passages to and from international conventions were much more laborious and time-consuming; technological developments have made a world of difference...
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India in Focus
With over one billion people, India is now the world's most populous democracy. In 1947, India put an end to a century of colonial rule when it gained its independence from Brtitain...
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The United States in Focus
In 1776, no woman was invited to sign the United States' Declaration of Independence, but the wife of one man who did sent him a warning to "remember the ladies." Future First Lady Abigail Adams wrote her husband John: "If particular care is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation." U.S...
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Morocco in Focus
In some places in the world, democracy and religion are pitted against one another. The assumption is that the secular can never comfortably exist alongside the religious. Recently, Morocco's leadership has sent a strong message that both, can -- and should -- live side by side...
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Nigeria in Focus
Nigeria gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1960. Since then, the country has lived through a series of corrupt governments and military coups. Given these unstable circumstances, Nigeria's women have had to work outside the system in order to get things done and ensure their rights.
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What does power look like?
What exactly is power? How do you know you've got it? Is power selfish, or can you use it for others? Is this what is meant by leadership? Is there a secret language of clothes that conveys power? We take a look at Power, Leadership and Appearance, asking, "What does power look like?"
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Is Biology Destiny?
For women in any political arena, is biology destiny? Do women gain power or lose power by what their bodies can and cannot do? Do biological differences between men and women decide what each is suited for and can accomplish: Raising children, tending homes, climbing mountains, serving in the military, negotiating policy and leading countries? Will the female body always be vulnerable in politics?
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