ELECTIONS



How do women experience campaigns and elections? Are elections an empowering process for women voters? Do women make unique contributions to the process?  Join us as we explore women who run for office and the women who vote for them.

Meet the class of 1992, the so-called "year of the woman" in the United States. Learn the answer to the classic question, "What do women want?" from the founders of Australia’s first women’s political party. Discover the perils women face along the campaign trail. Listen to our podcasts with Masuma Hasan and Fatima Bhutto on women's political participation in Pakistan and read Curator Masum Momaya's introduction to this topic.

Kidnapping a Candidate  >>Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian presidential candidate known for her creative, in-your-face campaign strategies, was rescued dramatically on July 2, 2008, after six years of captivity.
Electing Dragons  >>Bhutanese women voted for the first time in 2008. To prepare novice voters, Bhutan ran a mock election. The candidates: different colored dragons.
Blogging about Sarah Palin  >>In 2008, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin became the first woman to run for vice president on the Republican ticket. Women bloggers around the globe asked: "Was she qualified?"
Egypt: We Are Watching You  >>Film review: In Egypt: We Are Watching You, three remarkable Egyptian women use the Internet and their Web site Shayfeen.com to monitor elections and report on violations of human rights.
Prepping Women for the White House  >>The documentary What's Your Point, Honey? profiles CosmoGIRL! Project 2024, following seven young women as they train to be leaders, and perhaps, the next president.
Year of the Woman  >>Interview: U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein speak about their groundbreaking careers. Both were elected to office in 1992, known as the "Year of the Woman."
Q'uran on Women's Leadership  >>Community Voice: Anne-Sofie Roald, Sweden
Historian Anne-Sofie Roald discusses women, Islam and democracy: what religious sources say about gender and how cultural interpretations affect women's political participation.
Campaigning for Traffic Light Women  >>Community Voice: Luz Darriba, Spain
By replacing "generic" male icons on pedestrian crossing lights with female figures wearing skirts, Spanish artist Luz Darriba sparked public dialogue on women's everyday discrimination.
How to Start a Women's Party  >>Community Voice: What Women Want (Australia), Australia
Justine Caines, founder and leader of the first Australian women's political party, offers a how-to guide for starting your own political party.
Kashmir and Elections  >>Community Voice: Ather Zia, Kashmir
Zia writes about Kashmiris' disenchantment with electoral politics, women's near invisibility in leadership positions and the ongoing struggle for self-determination.

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Journalist and poet Fatima Bhutto discusses violence, fear, tragedy and repression amongst Pakistan's women as they attempt to participate in a political process in which "rigging is part of the national work ethic."

Fatima Bhutto: Women's Political Participation in Pakistan


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