Gender and politics Essay

2317 Words Aug 1st, 2015 10 Pages
UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
INSTITUTE OF AFRICAN AND GENDER STUDIES
EVENING CLASS: MODULE 2

INTRODUCTION
Social class, status, and power are predetermined by one’s gender. Within today’s patriarchal society, men simply possess greater power than women, “and enjoy greater access to what is valued by the social group.” (Code 1993), Patriarchal thought produces male dominance, and authority within multiple areas, including politics. Throughout history, governments have designed laws to maintain such divisions of power, resulting in the oppression of women. “Patriarchal power relations construct sexual differences as political differences by giving legal form to the belief that women, because of their sex, are fit only to serve as wives and
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If women see that politics remains a men-only club then they are far less likely to participate and to put themselves forward. If they see a women leader in the political settings, it encourages them to vote, to campaign and to engage in politics. Many women cannot participate in politics because they are held back by factors such as violence, poverty, lack of access to quality education and health care, the double burden of paid and unpaid work. And because of these obstacles, we are losing a lot of good women leaders and countries and people are suffering from their absence. This is why it is so important to actively promote women’s political participation for the benefit for all.
As young adults mature, they are likely to become interested in government and representation. Questions regarding representation and equality will begin to form and answers will have to be given. It is important for an individual to be allowed to express their opinions and ideas when problems or issues may arise. However, there have always been groups of people who do not feel that they are being adequately represented, and women are one of them. Throughout history, women have experienced issues regarding having their voices and opinions being heard and truly acted upon. As American society continues to grow and develop, thing are beginning to become more apparent regarding the influence and ideas women have to offer in society

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