The role of women in many sectors on our earth is achieving a balance. Equality is coming home.
As International Women’s Day was on the 8th of March and Mother’s day taking place yesterday, there is no better time, than now, to celebrate women’s positive impact towards political change.
Here are some notable women currently dominating the political arena:
Germany’s Angela Merkel is not only the face we associate as Germany’s leading representative, but she is also number one on Forbes’ most powerful women’s list. A position acquired through building Germany’s economy to be the best in Europe (especially after the 2008 financial crash), whilst transcending her role as the so-called ‘leader’ of Europe.
Other European nations, particularly in the Scandinavian region, have narrowed the gender gap. The top countries with the lowest gender gap in categories such as education, health, economic opportunity and political representation are Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. These nations not only have women in high positions of power, but should also lead the roadmap for other nations to develop a more gender proportionate workforce.
Whereas, across the pond, New Zealand became the first nation (last summer) to eliminate the coronavirus pre-vaccine phase. It was mainly down to their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s clear guidance and tougher lockdown restrictions. However, her strengths do not only lie in her leadership but also her empathetic attitude towards political issues, such as poverty and the environment to name a few. Characteristics that helped her to be elected as New Zealand’s youngest ever and first female Prime Minister – especially with a landslide victory.
These are just some of many female figures who have achieved a lot for their respected nations. However, this perhaps would have not been possible without the women who originally paved the road for female empowerment.
So at what significant points in history have women changed the face of politics?
Emily Wilding Davison can be considered one of the earliest feminists in Britain. As a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she fought for women’s right to vote. Her protests included seven hunger strikes, and most famously dying after running in front of King George V’s horse during the 1913 Epsom Derby. Her actions were certainly a contributing factor leading up to women’s right to vote in 1928.
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…just a reminder of what can be accomplished through shire determination
Rosa Parks, on the other hand, stood up to racism by refusing to give up her seat for a white man.
The United States, at the time, were undergoing racial segregation, a fearful period for the black community. Her role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, after being arrested for a basic human right, established her as one of the most famous American activists in the Civil Rights Movement, as well as being labelled as the “first lady of Civil Rights”.
Finally, Malala Yousafzai was shot on her journey from school by a Taliban gunman. She was targeted by the militant group for attending a school foundered by her father (an anti-Taliban activist), which defied the Taliban tradition. Her experience and father’s values shaped her to be an activist for women’s education, becoming the youngest ever person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
These women are just a reminder of what can be accomplished through shire determination, by challenging the institutions that have oppressed them, as well as changing the status quo.
As emphasised before, there are many other women who have not being mentioned here, but nevertheless, have created similar legacies in achieving greatness for women across the world. However, there is still a long way to go, and with the alliance and support of men, the goal of absolute equality between men and women can truly be obtained.
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