Why aren’t Women Using their Right to Vote?
From the time the United States of America was born, suffragettes have been
struggling for women’s right to vote. It took centuries of hard work before
women finally had their voices recognized with the 19th Amendment to the US
Constitution which guarantees women’s right to vote. Almost 100 years has
passed with women gained their votes – so why aren’t they using it?
Can We Force Women’s Empowerment?
Because the battle for women’s empowerment has come so far in westernized
countries, many activists are ready to declare the battle won. However, the
struggle for women’s empowerment has barely even begun in many poverty-stricken
areas of the world. Right now, there are nearly 1 billion women living in
complete poverty – or 70% of all poverty-stricken people.
History of Women in Politics: Presidential Nominees
The history of women in politics took a dramatic leap forward when Hilary
Rodham Clinton made it to second place in the Democratic Primaries. In the 2012
election, we already are seeing fierce competition from Republican Party
candidates like Bachmann, Palin and Rice. What many people don’t realize is
that there has been a long history of women in politics, including on the
Since Hilary Clinton almost ascended to the role of President of the United
States, women in politics have gotten even more attention. It hasn’t been easy
for these leaders but here is a list of women in politics:
1. Angela Merkel: The “Iron Lady” took the nation, and world, by surprise with
her strong yet cool leadership as Germany’s first ever female chancellor. She
succeeded in getting G-8 world leaders to make policy against carbon emissions
and reform the EU constitution.
When we think about women in politics, it is usually about the women’s
empowerment movement which went full steam in the 1960s. But there have been
women in politics making influential decisions since the birth of all nations –
and we are not just talking about the “behind every great man there is a great
woman” approach to politics!
Long before there was a women’s suffrage movement, Lydia Chapin Taft was
already voting in what was to become the United States of America. In 1756,
Taft became the first ever legal voter in the nation and even had her vote
counted in 3 town hall meetings.