Female Political Representation Of Women Essay

2075 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
“In the past, it was widely held that women were less political than men, if not apolitical. It was assumed that women had lower levels of interest in politics and lower levels of participation in political activities” (Childs and Campbell 3). However, recently feminist political scientists have found that there is “evidence of a closure of the traditional gender gap in voter turnout” (Childs and Campbell 3). Despite the fact that more women are voting, lack of political representation is still an issue that plagues women throughout the world. According to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, only 22.8% of parliamentarians worldwide are women, despite the fact that women make up 49.6% of the world population (Population, Female). Female political representation is important mainly because it represents a forward step toward gender equality on the world stage. Gender inequality is still evident throughout the world as represented through unequal wages, restrictive abortion laws, and ever-present violence against women, among many other things. Though this is not to say that issues like unequal pay and violence against women are solely women’s issues that can only be addressed and solved by women, but instead that as the world moves closer to gender equality, these issues may be more likely to be addressed more in general. As politics is one of, if not the, most public career fields, it can be assumed that if gender equality was exhibited there first, other…

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