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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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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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Then and Now: Faces of Suffrage
For many women around the world, the fight for the right to vote is simply a history lesson--something that happened long ago in black and white. But for far too many other women, voting is a privilege they are still denied. They are fighting today, and will continue in the tomorrows to come, to have their voices heard...
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What Women Voters Want
Melinda Henneberger is a journalist who has covered politics since 1994, including 10 years at the New York Times. In 2007 she published a book called If They Only Listened to Us: What Women Voters Want Politicians to Hear. While researching this book, she spent eighteen months traveling across the United States and listening to what women of all ages, races, tax brackets and political views had to say about how they vote, what they care about, and what drives them crazy about candidates in both parties...
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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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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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