SOC 315: Cross Cultural Perspectives
Women in Politics: US vs. the “MAN”
May 16, 2010
Instructor Allan Mooney
Do you use your power to vote? Have you ever thought the right to vote was not always a right for women? There has been a major trend change in the world of politics and this change is spelled W-O-M-A-N. Women have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of politics. Over the past decade, women have resolved into leadership positions, encouraging the same sex to voice their opinions in voting booths, political debates, and society. Not only in America, but nationwide. Women comprise over 35 percent of the lower house in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Demark; 15 percent or less are seen in parliaments within ten countries (Karp & Banducci, 2008). Over the years, women had to protest and fight for this right so that young women today can vote and have a say so in who represents the people of our city, state, and country. A woman’s influence in politics has yet to be recognized as a true political voice of women that actually yields power. Perceptions of women and politics from the media, society, men, and even women themselves have shaped women's ability everywhere to participate politically and socially within our society. The United States, as well as many other countries, has various beliefs regarding the role of women in the political arena. The United States has shown how the political role of a woman has evolved, over time, into a more powerful one. On the other hand, a woman seeking a powerful position, such as a political platform, is looked down upon in most countries. Some political systems are regimes marked by one-party rule and are incomplete in their political development. The place of women in society is still secondary and it will take time before the U.S. and other countries alike achieve complete equality. The Suffrage Movement, the movement towards women's rights, started geographically in the northeast of the United States....
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