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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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Does environmental destruction politicize women?
Why is it that most recent conversations about the "planet in peril," including deforestation, climate change, natural disasters and changing water levels, rarely reference women? Women are disproportionately impacted by changes in the environment. And, with indigenous knowledges in tow and generations of experience working the land, gathering wood and fetching water, women bring unique, effective and sustainable solutions to environmental problems...
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Does Religion Instigate Or Hinder Women’s Political Participation?
A review of history shows that "God" has been a dominant factor in whether or not women participate in politics. Separation of church and state is a myth in many countries in the world, and, in the minds and hearts of many, an undesirable goal. In some places, devotion and faith catalyze women to take up a cause, political or otherwise...
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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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