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  •  One thing to understand about Pakistan, Bangladesh (0+ / 0-)

    etc. is that the women leaders of that country are kin of earlier male leaders.

    Bhutto wouldn't have become Prime Minister(PM), but for her father who was the PM and was deposed by a coup.

    Same with Bangladesh - infact, there the fight is between wife's of 2 erstwhile leaders.

    Even India where Indira Gandhi was a very strong leader for over a decade - her father Nehru was the first PM of India.

    You have a similar pattern repeat in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Philippines.

    Infact, it would be somewhat of a repeat here, if Hillary becomes the first female president.

    Enjoying driving the electric Nissan Leaf as the primary car from Feb '11

    by EVNow on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:42:50 AM PDT

    •  That's a good point, but it doesn't change... (0+ / 0-)

      the fact that women are under-represented in the US government. Setting aside the comparisons to other nations, and focusing on the US, the reality is that American women make up 51% of the population, and yet, we make up less than 20% of government representatives at the federal level, and, on average, less than 25% of government representatives at the state and local level.

      You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time ~ Pres. Lincoln's warning for Romney

      by AuroraDawn on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 11:56:17 AM PDT

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      •  why the obsession with No 1 (0+ / 0-)

        anyway?  Common in the US, I know, but still, why?

        The US was by no means the first country to give women the vote, and if I were a New Zealander I'd be wondering why my country was so low down this list after such a promising start.

        •  I'm an American, and I think it's unfortunate... (0+ / 0-)

          that we don't have greater diversity in our Congress, and not just with regards to gender. That doesn't mean I don't care about women in other nations

          Realistically, though, there is very little I can do to improve the chances of women running for election in New Zealand. And I doubt they'd want some cheeky Yank butting-in anyway.

          It is election year in this country, however, and I can do something to support (qualified) women running for office here.

          Blackadder: Everything goes over your head, doesn't it, George? You should go to Jamaica and become a limbo dancer.

          by AuroraDawn on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 04:20:42 AM PDT

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      •  Yes - but the point is ... (1+ / 0-)
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        state of women in those countries is pitiful compared to US - irrespective of whether there is some representation for women among elites.

        Enjoying driving the electric Nissan Leaf as the primary car from Feb '11

        by EVNow on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 03:43:56 PM PDT

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        •  I don't think I've explained myself... (0+ / 0-)

          very well. I wasn't trying to suggest that women in Bangladesh (or elsewhere in the Third World) enjoy the same freedom, equality or standard of living that women in the US do. They don't. That was actually kind of the point I was attempting to make, albeit ineptly.

          We have far greater freedom, more power, more equality, and yet, in spite of that, women in this country are still under-represented in government at all levels. Why? That was the subject I was attempting to explore in this diary. I actually wrote this diary in response to a diary by Sen. Gillibrand in which she mentioned the fact that women make up just 17% of Congress.

          It would take an entirely new diary to discuss why women in the Third World have not benefited from the greater level of representation they have in government.

          Blackadder: Everything goes over your head, doesn't it, George? You should go to Jamaica and become a limbo dancer.

          by AuroraDawn on Sat Sep 29, 2012 at 06:19:18 PM PDT

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