Political Power of Women

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Whether or not women voted for red or blue this past Tuesday, the 2012 Election showed that women were a tremendous force to contend with in this country. Making up 53% of the electorate , the women’s vote was hard fought and hard won. It is the opinion of every talking head, pundit and speculator that President Obama’s victory was carried, in part, by women. The Guardian calls the 2012 election “[a] decisive a moment in feminism as there has been.” Throughout the campaign the candidates were clamoring for our vote, hoping to sway us one way or another, finally realizing that our opinions are worth the fight.

On the global scale, this is not the case. Rarely do women enjoy the same consideration as we did during this election cycle. And while the participation of women in politics is growing, their leadership and contributions go mostly unrecognized. The gains that women have made on the global political stage are largely uneven. While women represent half the population, they only hold a fraction of the political positions worldwide. It is common for decisions that will affect women and their families to be made without their input.

“When women are discriminated against in the political arena, their experiences, talents, and perspectives are shut out of the policy decisions of our democracies, and prospects for a better world are shortchanged.” – Melanne Verveer

By investing in the education and empowerment of women, Anchal takes a stand to make sure that women have the tools to make their voices heard. Anchal’s work is taking on the Millennium Development Goal #3 to “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” by providing a decent livelihood, educational training, and healthcare. Who knows how far a woman can go with these opportunities!

As this election shows, when women come together they have a huge impact in national decision making. I am excited to be a part of an organization that is fostering the potential for our artisans to make changes in their communities, states, and country.

-Lizzy

1. “Exit Polls anatomize Obama win”, The BBC, 07 Nov. 2012, 07 Nov. 2012, <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20240375>
2. Brockes, Emma “Why Obama Won The Women’s Vote” The Guardian, 07 Nov. 2012, 07 Nov. 2012, <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/07/why-obama-won-womens-vote>

3. Verveer, Melanne. “Women as Agents of Change: Advancing the Role of Women in Politics and Civil Society.” U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State, 09 June 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2010/142953.htm>.

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