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Tell Us Your Voting Memories
In September, the Women, Power and Politics exhibition tackles the topic of voting. We will look at women's suffrage movements, where women can and cannot vote, what women voters want, and much more. We reached out to our community participants and asked them to send us their voting memories: Read the story...
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Why Vote?
Government affects all of our lives in profound ways. What issues have inspired you to vote? Why do you think so many citizens are cynical about elections? What kinds of actions can you take when your candidates do not deliver on their campaign promises?
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Racism in upcoming U.S. elections..Remember the Titans?
It is THE Elephant in the room... Yes we can talk about gender but that's not the only thing that America is talking about in the privacy of their living rooms. I have had friends (maybe ex-friends by now) tell me right out that they will not vote for a black man. It can't just be happening to me...
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Political Art in the Female Form
Featured Community Voice: Anahi DeCanio Anahi DeCanio uses collage and the female form to encourage her audience to piece together the political questions of the day...
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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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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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Saudi Arabia: Women Without the Vote
Businesswoman and women's rights activist Rasha Hifzi grew up and lives in a part of the world earmarked as one of the few remaining countries where women still do not have the right to vote for their representatives in government: Saudi Arabia...
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Freeing Finnish Women’s Voices
Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote in 1906, and the first country in the world where women could run for office. In 2000, Finns elected their first female president, Tarja Halonen, who won a second term in 2006. Although substantial progress has been made, the roles of Finnish women--in the political, professional, and social spheres--continue to evolve...
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Malaysia's Star Everywoman
By her own description, Mrs. Bedah looks like your average middle-aged Malaysian "auntie," favoring a headscarf, sunglasses, and a loose-fitting floral print baju kurung. She's not pop star material...
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A Satire on Voting in Iran
At the start of the 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot (Raye Makhfi), elements of the story miraculously come together to fulfill a mission by orders of the government . First, a box containing ballots, a list of candidates and instructions for voting falls from the sky. It lands on the shore of a remote island where an armed border patrol officer just happens to be stationed...
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