More women win power but still few and far between

ten womenLed by Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton and Theresa May, there have never been so many experienced and ambitious women in positions of influence, even if they remain heavily outnumbered.

Clinton has already made history by becoming the first female presidential nominee of a major US political party in her bid for the White House in November.

“This is historic, just as Barack Obama was historic. There is no question about that,” said Ester R. Fuchs, professor of public affairs and political science at Columbia University, referring to the first black US president.

Across the Atlantic, “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher broke the glass ceiling decades ago when she became British prime minister in 1979, and last month May did it again.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has led Germany since 2005, while South Korea, Chile, Brazil, Bangladesh and Liberia are also led by women — as is the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

But these leaders remain in a minority and their numbers are only gradually increasing.

A study by the Pew Research Center last year found women led only about 10 percent of UN member states.

“Even while the number of female leaders has more than doubled since 2005, a woman in power is hardly the norm around the world,” it said. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.