Gender and Politics in the media

Women underrepresented in scientific fields. Clegg should have appointed Lib Dem woman to cabinet. Merkel’s quiet revolution.


Tim Farron Says Nick Clegg Should Have Promoted A Woman To … Huffington Post UK Nick Clegg should have appointed a Lib Dem woman to the cabinet in the recent government reshuffle, the party’s president Tim Farron has said.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK, Farron said: “I would have put a woman in the cabinet.” The outspoken MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale said he understood why Clegg hadn’t done so – “You pick people on the basis of availability..” – and conceded that the deputy prime minister had “made good selections”.

However, the party’s president added, “I might have selected a women into the cabinet.”

Megan Fearon announced as new Sinn Fein spokesperson for women Newry Times “To achieve gender equality in public life we must tackle these huge disparities. The right of a woman to maternity protection and child-care, including mandated …

Women still underrepresented in scientific fields and leadership roles UT The Daily Texan …In scientific fields, such as geoscience, Williams said gender equality in college does not necessarily translate into gender equality in the workforce.

“In terms of undergraduate enrollment, they’re about 50/50, and [women are] graduating with master’s degrees, and companies are hiring them in equal numbers,” Williams said. “But once they enter the workforce, they drop out very quickly.”

This is a common problem in scientific fields, Williams said. Tricia Berry, director of the Women in Engineering Program, said female engineering graduates — including those at UT — often do not continue working in engineering fields, but bring valuable experience with them regardless of what kind of work they do.

“We lose in core engineering design, but we gain engineering mind-set in other fields,” Berry said.

Berry said despite previously low numbers of females in the field, the School of Engineering has improved drastically over past years, with its highest undergraduate enrollment class for women ever this fall. Twenty-four percent of the school’s current undergraduates are women, while 29 percent of the 2013 freshman class is female, according to University documents.

The quiet revolution by Angela Merkel Economic Times When an 8-year-old girl on the Berlin subway asks her mother if it’s possible to have a male chancellor, you know something profound has changed in Germany. A woman ruling the country is not just the new normal; for millions of German children – including my daughters, ages 7 and 10 – it is the only normal they have ever known.

I am thankful for the example that Angela Merkel is providing for my daughters. But her quiet revolution raises questions about what it means to have a woman in charge.

Germany is by no means the champion of gender equality. It is still hard for a woman to move up in the business world. In the Global Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum, Germany is in 13th place (Iceland is on top and the United States is 22nd).

Push for more Cook Islands women to take on politics Radio Australia The Cook Islands finance minister says interventions may be needed to fast track greater participation by women in politics.

Mark Brown is chairing the 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, being held in the Cook Islands capital, Rarotonga, this week.

Two hundred delegates from across the region have gathered for the summit, which is focusing on the link between gender equality and successful development.

Mr Brown says changes need to be made to enable greater participation from women in the economy.

Saudi Arabia issues warning in advance of women’s driving protest Washington Post RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The ministry in charge of Saudi Arabia’s police is warning against “disturbing public order” days before activists are calling on women to drive cars in defiance of a ban on them getting behind the wheel.

The Wednesday statement from Interior Ministry spokesman Turki al-Faisal appeared directed at this Saturday’s campaign.

Though no law bans women from driving, they are not issued licenses in the ultraconservative kingdom. No women have been arrested for trying to drive in recent weeks. However, in similar protests in the past, women were charged with offences including disturbing public order.

The police statement comes after around 150 clerics and religious scholars protested outside a royal palace, saying Saudi authorities were doing nothing to stop women flouting the ban.

Voter ID Law May Cause Problems for Women Using Maiden Names KIII TV3 CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) – The state’s new voter ID law is meant to prevent voter fraud, but it may be causing some delays at your neighborhood polling place, especially if the name on your driver’s license differs from the name on your voter registration card, even a little bit.

Nueces County election officials say it is often a problem for women who use maiden names or hyphenated names.

The problem came to light Monday, when a local district judge had trouble casting a ballot.

“What I have used for voter registration and for identification for the last 52 years was not sufficient yesterday when I went to vote,” 117th District Court Judge Sandra Watts said.

Watts has voted in every election for the last 49 years. The name on her driver’s license has remained the same for 52 years, and the address on her voter registration card or driver’s license hasn’t changed in more than two decades. So imagine her surprise when she was told by voting officials that she would have to sign a “voters affidavit” affirming she was who she said she was.

“Someone looked at that and said, ‘Well, they’re not the same,'” Watts said.

The difference? On the driver’s license, Judge Watts’ maiden name is her middle name. On her voter registration, it’s her actual middle name. That was enough under the new, more strict voter fraud law, to send up a red flag.

“This is the first time I have ever had a problem voting,” Watts said.

New Nauru female MP say Parliaments are not just for men Radio Australia …JARVIS: How do you find being a woman parliamentarian in a male-dominated space?

SCOTTY: Well, I’m very comfortable with it, I think mostly because of the fact that I’ve been through the public service life for a very long number of years. So I’ve got the confidence, I think which is really what enabled me to stand up and put my name up for politics, because without that confidence and support from the community and the confidence in myself, which is kind of like I suppose coupled with the understanding that I have the support of the community and what we’re wanting is a bit of Nauru for everyone, not just for some people and I think that’s what got me seriously interested in getting a place in Parliament.
JARVIS: It’s said that having a woman representative in parliament in whatever sphere that might be, whatever portfolio – it’s still really important in getting a woman’s perspective on things. Would you say that’s the case?
SCOTTY: Yes, I think it’s because for so long our Parliament in Nauru has been run by men and the issues that are important to them are the ones that are always that are being looked into, whereas the issues that are important to women, them being men, they don’t really understand. So they don’t see them as a priority, so they’re not kind of like enacted upon and I think also with the globalisation of everyone, all countries now understanding the importance of the input of women from each country and the contribution that they can make and the problems that they’re facing that’s stopping them from being contributing members of their society is I think an issue that’s generated a lot of interest in people in trying out women, I suppose, instead of just having men.

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