Gender and Politics in the media

Academic becomes first Muslim woman MP in Australia. Good looks shouldn’t matter, but they do.

Mehreen Faruqi says she looks forward to tackling issues concerning gender equality and same-sex marriage, among other topics. (Courtesy: Mehreen Faruqi)

News coverage of female candidate’s appearance damages her chance of winning Washington Post (blog) Although it seems obvious that an unflattering portrait painted by reporters would negatively impact a candidate’s image with voters, what’s surprising is that even positive, or neutral, descriptions of a female candidate’s appearance proved

Academic becomes first Muslim woman MP in Australia Al-Arabiya Australia will have its first Muslim woman MP, the Greens party in News South Wales (NSW) said on Sunday. Academic Mehreen Faruqi, of Pakistani origin, will replace NSW upper house MP Cate Faehrmann in the new parliament later this year. “As the first Greens MP in NSW from a migrant background, I’m also excited about building stronger relationships between the Greens and migrant communities,” Dr. Faruqi said in a statement.

Paul Cairney: Gender and Getting Ahead in Academia (Blog)

Good looks shouldn’t matter, but they do: Column USA TODAY Optimally, looks shouldn’t affect voters at all. Of course, that’s unrealistic: as studies show, a woman’s appearance can potentially affect her career success. According to a 2010 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, overweight women …

EC’s special drive to enrol sex workers in voters’ list Hindustan Times To ensure sex workers are comfortable sharing their personal details while applying for a voter identification card, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) is planning to involve more women to carry out the process of enrolment. “We are trying to have more …

BN Manifesto Gets Thumbs Up For Ensuring Bright Future For Women Bernama Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women’s wing chief Datuk Doris Sophia Brodie said considering that women voters would make a significant impact to deliver the numbers into votes during the 13th general election, the promises made were seen as good …

Women candidates in Chitradurga ignored The New Indian Express Political parties seem to have ignored women representatives for the upcoming elections in the district. The KJP has nominated a woman, Dakshaynamma from Molakalmuru. Women of the district have failed to get any representation in the Assembly since …

Sharon Day: GOP works to prove itself to women Sun-Sentinel For the coming year, the RNC will spend $10 million in a revamped, community-based field operation, with hundreds of staff deployed across the country. A central focus will be taking our message directly to women voters. Our priority is advancing the …

Immigration is an issue for women The Reporter They have a huge stake in the new immigration overhaul now being crafted by eight men in the Senate. Undocumented mothers, especially, are making history by advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. I saw them at the Capitol last week …

The Ascendancy of Women UK Progressive Magazine In 720 BC, at the founding of the all-male Roman Senate, historians documented, “Women were kept out of positions of power. They were not allowed to be senators, governors, lawyers, judges or any of the other official positions. Women were also not allowed to vote in elections. Although it was extremely difficult, some women overcame the many obstacles put in their way and managed to obtain positions of influence. However, success usually resulted in a great deal of male hostility…A man could legally kill his wife or daughter if they questioned his authority!” …

Washington Post (blog)

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