Women and Politics: The Uphill Battle for the Top Job

Another disappointing turn of events for women in U.S. politics is unfolding, this time in the Democratic Party primaries.  Of the five top candidates, the two women—Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar—are currently at the bottom of the delegate count. 

Indeed, the rise to the top elected political job has not been easy for women anywhere in the world: Since 1966, only 70 nations have had a female head of state or government. Of those, at least 13 of them led their countries for less than a year. 

However, the difference between the U.S. and many other countries in the world—from Europe to South America—is that within the last thirty years concerted efforts have been made worldwide to promote the election of women as a basic tenet of democracy and fair representation.

Read over at Ms.