Gender and Politics in the media

The party you vote for affects what clothes you wear to work? 2nd Wives Club Women Fighting Permanent Alimony.

UK

Why the party you vote for affects what clothes you wear to work Telegraph.co.uk Conservative voters tended to be the most smartly dressed with 30 per cent of men who intended to vote for the party preferring to wear a suit and tie to work.Only 11 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters and 18 per cent of Labour voters opt to wear the same outfit.

But more female Liberal Democrat voters opted for the smartest outfit than any other party with 58 per cent of voters saying they wear smart trousers and a top to work compared with 50 per cent of Conservative voters and 41 per cent of Labour voters.

However Liberal Democrat voters are not afraid to dress casually with 18 per cent of men and 11 per cent of women saying they go to work wearing jeans and a T-shirt. This compares with just seven per cent of male Conservative voters and one per cent of Conservative female voters.

Labour maternity plan to help ‘undervalued’ women The Times (subscription) Mothers could get the chance to share their maternity leave with a parent, rather than their partner, in plans to be unveiled by Labour.

The idea is one under consideration by the party as it prepares a bid for the votes of older women with the plan to allow them time off to care for grandchildren or elderly relatives.

Nick Clegg and Michael Gove at war over updating sex education … Telegraph.co.uk The news came after Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, publicly challenged Mr Gove to update the guidance to reflect the dangers to children of being 

US

Do Women Really Want Equality? TIME…It would be silly to deny that equality-by-the-numbers researchers can deliver figures that could alarm even an Ann Romney. There’s the puny 4.2% of female Fortune 500 CEOs, the mere 23.7% of female state legislators, the paltry 19% of women in Congress. But while “numbers don’t lie,” they can create mirages that convince us we see something we don’t. Take, for example, the JAMA study about the pay gap between male and female doctors. The study seems to capture yet another example of discrimination against women. But because it fails to consider differences in medical specialty or type of workplace, that appearance may well be an illusion. Surgeons and cardiologists, who have long been in the ranks of the top-earning specialties, remain predominantly male. Meanwhile, as women flooded the profession, they disproportionately chose to become psychiatrists and pediatricians, specialties that have always been among the least lucrative.

The Case for Janet Yellen Gets Stronger Every Day Huffington Post (blog) President Obama is having a busy week. He’s trying to build support for military action against Syria. He’s meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit in St. Petersburg. And he’s scrambling to put together a deal with Congress to raise the debt limit and avoid a government shutdown.

With so much going on, why in the world is Barack Obama picking a fight with the nation’s women?

Caroline Heldman on Women in Leadership The Blue Review “But in the last decade, with an exception of the number of women senators, we’ve seen a small increase in the number of female CEOs. I think it’s important that …

Close the Utah gap between women and men Suindependent Utah desperately needs women to represent women. We are in trouble here. Utah has been ranked one of the lowest states in pay equity for women for the last …

 

Africa and the Middle East

Women in Politics Happy With Representation AllAfrica.com Outgoing Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development Minister Dr Olivia Muchena, who was addressing a Women In Politics Support Unit meeting in Harare yesterday, expressed confidence in female leaders.

“We want to be role models. We want to show the electorate in Zimbabwe that if women are given the chance to be in decision-making posts, they make a differences,” said Dr Muchena.

“We are there to perform. This is the opportunity for female parliamentarians to prove that they are hard workers, responsible and can perform just like men.”

Liberian Women Present Resolution to Ellen On Improving Situation … AllAfrica.com…The women want the three branches of government to: ensure an increase in the representation of women in governance, leadership and decision-making in all sectors and at all levels; put in place mechanisms to ensure that the laws are enforced and women have access to justice; ensure that the educational system is completely overhauled and revamped to conform to international standards; that provisions are made to ensure women’s access to funding for entrepreneurship, agriculture and development to take charge and ownership of their destiny; and that the reconciliation process takes a community approach and women are fully involved in the implementation of the Roadmap.

The future for women Ahram Online…The regression in women’s rights during Islamist rule took the form of attempts at annulling laws that had provided them with rights during the rule of ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Rights that women had gained in the political and social arena were strongly opposed by the Islamists, who believed that women should be lower in rank than men and should have almost no rights despite the many rights with which Islam had provided them.

Women have played a pivotal role in the revolutionary movements that have swept the country over the past few years. Even before the 30 June Revolution, women had been involved in public life, as well as in raising popular demands, yet various political developments had caused the abandonment of many women’s rights as well as of their presence in decision-making positions. This was in addition to ignoring women’s issues in policy-making. Despite the spread of women’s participation in the public arena and their presence in different revolutionary movements and groups, the question of women’s rights has been in abeyance, and many are now calling for it to be given renewed attention.

Women’s representation in the post-revolutionary political scene has not been proportionate to their participation in the revolutionary movement, but perhaps this is about to change

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