The Thanksgiving holiday in the US meant that This Week in Misogyny took last week off. Misogyny, however, didn’t do me a favor and kept right on rolling. It’s a world of fun below the cut! (As usual, trigger warnings for just about everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Not Thankful
It’s Thursday, Persephoneers, and I’m back with another round of news from Africa! After the jump, we’ve got updates on the Pistorius case in South Africa and a whole lot more. Read More News in Africa: 02/21/2013
Everyone's all a-titter about the David Petraeus sex scandal, which is delightfully juicy with multiple cheating, salacious headlines ("Cloak and Shag Her" was my favorite), and even an evil twin thrown in for fun. And Petraeus certainly has plenty of company, given the high numbers of politically powerful men who have had their careers derailed, or at least temporarily dented, by their inability to keep their libidos zipped up. But does anyone else wonder why we never see similar stories about women? Oh, sure, there have been married women involved in these stories, but they are never the high-profile characters, and face it, no one would have heard of Paula Broadwell, Rielle Hunter, or even Monica Lewinsky, if they hadn't fooled around with famous men. Read More Why Hillary Clinton (et al.) Will Never Be Brought Down By A Sex Scandal
Earlier this week and to the surprise of pretty much everyone, Maine Senator Olympia Snowe announced that she would not be running for re-election this year. Snowe has served as Senator since 1994, when she became the first woman to have served in both houses of a State Senate as well as both houses of Congress. Her departure brings up some interesting points to ponder. Read More Senator Olympia Snowe to Retire from the Senate
Okay, it seems like it’s time for a change of pace. There’s been quite a handful of both federal and provincial elections this year and women are increasingly in positions of power in various Houses across the nation. I thought I’d do a bit of a summary of where women stand in Canadian politics, and in the future do some writing about specific women.
The short answer is, depressingly, women are still poorly represented in politics at all levels of government.
Yesterday, the Huffington Post published a thorough and interesting article about the state of women in the US Senate and the disparity between the Republican and Democratic Parties in tapping female candidates. The whole thing is worth a read, especially the slideshow at the end featuring the thirteen women running for Senate next year. But I was hoping we could start a discussion of our smart, engaged readership here at Persephone about the section discussing the challenges of persuading women to run for higher office. Read More Decisions, Decisions: Women Running for Public Office
A study published last fall in the academic journal Political Behavior but that has only recently gained attention in the popular media suggests that pre-election polls consistently underestimate the success of female political candidates. Unsurprisingly, this phenomenon is particularly strong in states that traditionally have a more conservative culture when it comes to gender roles. Read More Do Polls Underestimate Female Candidates?
Earlier this week, The Hill posted its list of the 50 Most Beautiful People for 2011. The Hill is a newspaper and website that keeps track of the goings on in Washington, including Congressional session, lobbying, campaigning, and DC-specific items of interest. This is their eighth annual list of the most attractive Congressional staffers, journalists, lobbyists, etc., and it is riddled with problems. Read More The Problem with The Hill’s Top 50