Politically speaking or speaking politically…whichever way you put it women are barely seen in the world of politics. The women that have made their mark in the world of politics do exist but in very low numbers.
Politics as defined by Merriam-Webster is the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing government policy.
Now, from that definition alone isn’t it important for women to be involved in equal numbers as men? Shouldn’t women be making decisions impacting the country in equal numbers alongside men?
Here are a few other statistics describing where women stand in politics:
Women hold 83 out of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives (19.1%)
Women hold 21 of the 100 seats in the Senate (21%)
2007 marked the first time a woman was elected to speak on behalf of the House of Representatives.
2016 marked the first time a woman was even nominated for Presidency.
ONLY four US governors are women.
For more facts on where women stand in politics you can go here.
Why are women progressing so slowly when it comes to the world of politics? Ultimately, there need to be more women in politics because this area is the funnel through which real change is made. Perhaps, the one word which summarizes the reason for the lack of women political leaders goes back to the advertisement of the political recruitment process. More positivity needs to be promoted surrounding the notion of women in politics as well the establishment of an adaptive recruitment process which pushes women to take on more roles in politics. The world of politics is already closed off to women so this balance needs to exist in one way or another.
Do you want to run in politics? Then just do it.
Sending a lot of positive vibes your way,
Manisha Sareen 🙂