Women in Politics Archives

Beyond Numbers: Women’s Political Marginalisation in Nigeria

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Twelve years of democracy in Africa’s most populous nation and women are still secondary in Nigeria’s male-dominated political sphere. Over the years, gradual gains have been made in women’s political participation but female political participation needs to go beyond numbers.

Rosanne Barr speaks at Occupy Wall Street protest

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Yesterday marked the fourth day of the Occupy Wall Street protest in lower Manhattan. Activists are speaking out against corporate power over the political system. Or, in the words of Roseanne Barr, who made a surprise appearance on Monday, the fact that “we’re all royally screwed.” The actress, who is now officially running for president, spoke eloquently about the need for a new economic system: “I’m talking about a system that rewards hard work and ambition but cares for it’s weakest child–and being called a feminazi for saying these things will be considered treasonous.”

Women in politics: “Taking the remarkable and rendering it unremarkable”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard – the nation’s first woman PM – addressed EMILY’s List Australia at Parliament House in Canberra. Gillard has her critics, and I’d be lying if I said I was inspired and entirely satisfied by the job she’s doing as PM. It would be delusional to imagine that sexism in Australia died the day Gillard was made head of the Labor Party.

How could the government really support women?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

The government's rather feeble memo listing potential ways to win more female votes was leaked yesterday. Suggestions include banning all advertising aimed at children, front-loading child benefit so more is paid when children are younger and (if they're feeling "brave") opening up debate about reducing the school summer holidays.

Not Supporting Bachmann Poses No “Dilemma” for This Feminist

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Women should support Michelle Bachmann’s presidential candidacy and see it as a good thing because we share the same gender identification. That’s at least the nutshell opinion of Angela Cummine, writing for the Guardian. Ms. Cummine, allow me to respectfully disagree. While I get the argument that women should support women and that the dearth of high-profile female political candidates in the United States demands some sort of correction, a movement toward parity, I just can’t get on board with saying “Bachmann, you go (extremely conservative) girl!” because supporting someone solely on the basis of gender is misguided in my book.

Melissa Harris-Perry on Michele Bachmann and Michelle Obama’s faith in America

From: discoverfeminism.com |

You may have noticed we’re big Melissa Harris-Perry fans here at Feministing. The professor was on The Last Word yesterday to take on the media’s differential treatment of Michelle Obama and Michele Bachmann when they both made comments that the 2008 or 2012 campaign, respectively, gave them faith in the US. Specifically, Michelle Obama’s statement caused a big ol’ media storm, and Michele Bachmann’s caused… well, just Melissa Harris-Perry’s commentary. Which is a lot smarter, better reasoned, and much more educational than my initial reaction of, “Dude, shit’s racist.”

Bachmann Sexism Watch: Get this conservative woman some sex edition

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Yesterday Andy Richter, trusted Team Conan sidekick and long-working funnyman, took to Twitter to express his views on the woman that every feminist loves to hate to defend: “There’s nothing wrong with Michele Bachmann that two solid weeks of orgasms couldn’t cure,” he opined.

Whom does the “Super Congress” Really Represent?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

How effectively can you represent the interests of a group you can’t really, honestly, completely relate to? Can you really represent the needs of women, for example, if you’ve never known the feeling of needing a pap smear but not having insurance to cover one? How far can empathy take you?

Damn you, Newsweek, for what you make me do.

From: discoverfeminism.com |

  Newsweek magazine’s August 15 cover was a big, unflattering close-up of Michele Bachmann. It was a political jab, it was sexist, and it’s making me defend Michele Bachmann, which is not okay.

The Danger of Angry Lady Politics

From: discoverfeminism.com |

One tried and true way of dismissing women with opinions is implementing the “angry lady” trick. First, you frame whatever she’s saying as being “anger”—easy to do with a forcefully built argument. Any hint of loudness, enthusiasm, or passion becomes “anger.” Then, mention how that anger is “irrational” or an “overreaction”—it is important to focus on hormones and feelings as much as possible. Avoid substance. Keep talking this way and BAM! you’ve created a discourse in which that lady’s opinions aren’t opinions—they are foolish emotions. And the thing about this trick is, the more you use it on one woman, the more effective it becomes—soon the minute that woman opens her mouth everyone who has heard or participated in the angry lady discourse is already gearing up for another bout of nonsensical female fury.

Al Jazeera shocked because female politicians in Latin America do not identify as feminists. Here’s some context

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I see many people on Twitter passing the link of a piece at Al Jazeera, Stigmatising feminism in Latin America and sure, the post makes some good points but since most people disseminating the link do not have the Latin American context (yes, yes, one of my favorite subjects to delve into), I thought I’d chime in with a few observations.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the House floor

From: discoverfeminism.com |

In hands-down the only uplifting moment during last night’s debt ceiling vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House floor for the first time since she was shot earlier this year.

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