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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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Electing Dragons
Until 2008, election law in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan allowed only one vote per household. Even though Bhutanese women hold the majority of property deeds and run households, those votes were almost always cast by men. This year, Bhutan enacted universal suffrage--granting the vote to all adult men and women...
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Do Women Have to Vote for Women?
Recently, there has been a lot of criticism of current women leaders by leaders of women's organizations, asking whether they are accountable to women in their countries. This includes Senator Hillary Clinton, who is running for President in the U.S., President Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany...
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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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Political Dreams for Women
Featured Community Voice: Antigone Magazine Riding the wave of the "PostSecret" phenomenon, a trend that has individuals exposing their burning secrets anonymously via the Internet or through postal mail, Canada-based feminist magazine Antigone Magazine is encouraging people to put their inner-most feminist thoughts on postcards...
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Democracy over the Airwaves
Democracy relies on the participation of all people, not just those vested with formal political power. When a group of women in Nicaragua felt their voices weren't being heard, they took to airwaves and the internet in Observatorios de Transgresion Feminista.
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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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Victoria Woodhull
In 1872, women were not allowed to vote. But that didn't stop activist, businesswoman and spiritualist Victoria Woodhull from running for president. She nominated Frederic Douglass, a former slave, as her running mate.
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