90 Countries Better Than America At Electing Female Political Leaders
12:30 pm, June 21st | by Colette McIntyre
As we just learned, female politicians inspire and motivate women; in fact, just looking upon the face of a female politicians — knowing that she exists — has real-world benefits. Science says so. Science also says that “a lack of female powerful role models leads to a vicious circle because if women fail to take leadership positions, they also fail to provide role models for junior women to follow.” Fortunately for women in Cuba, Sweden, and Andorra, there are plenty of women in congress or parliament, a whole fleet of faces you can ensconce in a frame and hang on your wall for your own viewing and empowering pleasure. As a woman in America…well, you could certainly do better. Really; just about anywhere else would have more female politicians for you to celebrate and gush over. According to the World Bank, you could find more women holding legislative seats in a total of ninety countries. Ninety. On a list of countries ranked by the representation of women in government, the United States comes in at 91st with a congress that is just 18 percent women.
Who is just killing it in terms of political parity? Well, with a legislative body that is 56 percent female, Rwanda is number one in the world. The top five is rounded out by Andorra (50%), Cuba (45%), Sweden (45%), and the Seychelles (44%). But don’t worry, America, you are doing better than Libya (but just barely; 17% of their legislative seats are held by women), Burkina Faso (16%), and both Koreas (16%, respectively)! Are you hanging your head in shame yet, America? You damn well should be.
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