As a man who was raised by women, I have always felt a great sense of injustice at the way in which women are still treated in many aspects of life. One such place where this occurs more frequently is in politics and for many years this has been a make dominated industry. Thankfully however there are women out there who are working hard at changing that.
In fact just lats week I was reading about the fascinating and inspirational Nenadi Esther Usman, a female Senator in Nigeria who represents Kaduna South for the People’s Democratic Party. This woman was once a teacher and since changing the classroom for a senate seat, she has worked tirelessly to empower women throughout the country. Examples of women changing the face of politics exist around the world, and here are the reasons why.
In many nations, the guard is slowly changing and the career of a politician is more accessible than ever before for women. The is thanks to the inspirational women who have gone before, entering politics and the opening up space for more women to follow suit. Whilst it is still difficult in many nations for a woman to force her way into politics, it is not as unheard of as it was before, and the result is that many young women are looking at politics as a smart career choice.
Changing The Face of Politics
It is not just the individuals themselves that are looking at a career in politics, political parties are also driving to add more women to their teams. There are a couple of reasons for this, the first being that more women in a political party means that the party can better represent those who they plan to lead, women do have a vote after all, and they have many issues which they are highly passionate about. The second reason behind this is thanks to the women who have already made it to a political party, and have taken on the responsibility to bring more women in to support them, and make their voices heard in a male-driven environment.
Equality, Not Quite
Women equality is close, but not quite. They have fought for many years to gain equality and they have made huge leaps in the last 50 years in order to agin this. The reason therefore behind why so many women are looking at politics, is that the job is not quite done. Women have a louder voice than ever before, as well as many ways in which they can voice it, what this means is that in order to get over the final hurdle in the pursuit of equality, women must occupy the government in order to make further change. This is part of the evolution of the women’s rights movement, and whilst there is still much to do, women are in a better position to change it than ever before.