Is it possible that fewer women choose politics because it's less likely to be pretented as an option?
Your community has an huge impact on your dreams and aspirations.
Presented by the community they grew up in. There has to be a reason why the distribution is so skewed. More than just "oh women just don't choose politics," "women choose lower paying jobs like becoming teachers rather than doctors"
well why? Is it because of social norms, expectations, etc?
The same way it is presented to men.
Teachers and nurses are dominated by women.
Politics and doctors are dominated by men.
It's very skewed where authority and power is mostly in the hands of males
And change for that is going painstakingly slow
And you can't use the "men are physically stronger" argument since the most powerful positions do not require physical strength
Those women are not the rule, though. They tend to be the exceptions.
And then why is it women are more willing to sacrifice career for family than men are? That's the option given in society
Yes you could go outside the norm, but let's be real, that doesn't happen often
As social creatures, humans don't wanna rock the boat so they'll stay within social norm. It's not much of a choice. More like this is what is expected of you so do it
And it is unfair that the society is built that way
Actually no, the one in power has much more influence over social norms. They'll have more resources and opportunities to influence and create change
Those with less power will have to struggle a lot more to influence and change. Hence the reason, equal distribution is taking such a long time
Those norms were created when jobs were more about physical labor. With new inventions, physical labor continues to dwindle. Yet, it takes longer for social norms to change regardless of inventions
It's true that there are those in power, but they're such a small population by comparison.
With work-life balance, both men and women can have it all
This is already happening albeit at a snails pace
There is talk in Canada of more support "to bring women into politics"... We'd like to balance out the scales, here.
This was more based on bringing younger women into politics...
Possibly in schools...politics seems to be intimidating...
Just the regular barriers that exist in male-dominant careers.
Encouraging more women to go into politics...it seems more of a Canadian issue...
Women look very young, and sound very young....that is one big barrier to break through...and then later...they look too old....guess there is no winning with that one...lol
I've thought about this and realize it is a Canadian issue...we treat politicans like scum...who wants to go into a career like that?
And about looking and sounding young...that is an issue for many people in new careers....it's not easy taking a dr seriously when they look about 12...
In school many industries will send representatives to encourage kids to think about a career in different fields.... But not so much in politics...that I remember... They don't do that in the US?
3 female Premiers (of our Provinces, like your states), recently called Clinton nomination "a good start" but said sexism still prominent in politics...
It's a drawback here....perhaps not so much in the US. There is a lot of sexism in politics here... Hey, when I talk about my dentist people here still assume it's a male....
It will prolly still take some time...
Interesting... This is the sort of thought provoking material we've come to expect from you and you never let us down.
What...! I don't get an uplove for that...?
For a totally unprecedented and new move for me btw.
I should be getting shouts from the rooftops....:)
I vote for the individuals whose politics line up with mine RATHER than their gender parts! That's why I voted for Marsha Blackburn and support Diane Black from Tennessee.
I always thought that women had the common sense to not get involved in stupid things like politics. ;)
Poor Europe. Change your leadership.
Why not. Why not give women a hand up in a field that's not easy to break into...as a woman.
I know you're being scarred by Hilliary but after a few sessions in therapy you'll be fine.
Right my business women's group encourages and helps young ladies get into construction, and other unusual jobs for a girl to look into. Now that machines do most of the hard work there is no need to rely on only men.
They all look the same. Lol!
How about guys with black suits and attachés?
Lol... I think that also deserved an upvote. And an uplove...if that wasn't you...!!
Have you gotten in contact with VicZinc, yet?
No...he was on my post yesterday. I PM'd you...
Go on my profile page...cursor down to a picture of tapestry, it's my post of This site is getting too predictable...
Reply to his comment! Tell him to come back! Apparently the site is going to be changing soon...
Apparently they are still working on the comments we made about 5-6 months ago...
Lol... Comments we made in response to AmiriteDevs post...improving this site...
Maybe the site will be a little crazy!!
There is currently more than sufficient effort to bring women into politics. The problem appears to be that not enough women are willing to put up with the degree of constant criticism from other people that politics inevitably entails. Not enough women have thick enough skins to deflect all the rough stuff.
If women start off in politics at an early age...that skin will grow a bit thicker...
Even being on SH and AM my skin has gotten thicker...(slap, slap!) ...see? I can hardly feel it, now. :)
It's interesting that just this Sunday morning in our local newspaper there happened to be a front page article entitled "Number OF Women In Politics Low"! One of the reasons that the article cited for this was that more women are responsible for taking care of young children and they feel that they can't handle a job in political office and take care of the kids properly.
Hey, good to know I'm plugged into the zeitgeist....:)
Too bad men don't feel more responsiblitiy to care for the kids, properly.
Lol...! Or as Ser says...LOLz!!
This is the crux, the area where women need to rise in power...to maintain some equality with the opposite gender... For a better world.
No. Whoever is the better candidate that will be for freedom.
Merkel and Hillary are terrible examples.
Ya know, I thought about this a bit today, after Hillary was nominated. They must have mentioned 150 times that she is the first woman nominated. And, for some reason, it didn't seem like that big of deal to me.
Now, when Obama was nominated and elected, I DID recognize that as a big deal and had great hopes that all / some of the claims of America being racist could be put to bed. Unfortunately, Obama ended up fanning the flames of racism rather than putting them out - but I digress.
There's a lot of women in business and politics. There's only one presidential slot and in 240 years there's only been 44 of them elected. So, the opportunities are slim. But, I think America would have no problem with a qualified female president.
Any effort made to have more women I think needs to be done by those interested in politics. If it makes no difference to me whether a politician is male or female, why should I push one way or the other?
Because politics needs a more balanced approach.
And there are not that many women in politics, yet.
I get the feeling you want me to support someone because they are a woman. Being female is not a political qualification.
Of course. And she is qualified and eminently suitable... A president...as other people have told me...doesn't have much to do with running the country, anyway. So what have you got against her?
She isn't the least bit qualified. And, it has nothing to do with her gender. It's all about her corrupt and lying history.
The president has little to do with running the country? What do you think the president does then?
She certainly is. As she was speaking at the convention., I felt a surge of confidence. What I get from Trump is man swagger like a boy.
Check my post. They said something about figurehead... A national figurehead is more or less a puppet.
Yeah, Chris Matthews reported that he felt a tingle when Obama gave his speech.
So all the crap she's been tagged for means nothing to you? But, you buy 'the president is a figurehead' hook line and sinker from people you don't know.
Have you experienced recent head trauma?
If she is just a figurehead she can't do anymore wrong. And she has the most experience, is the most qualified.
Sukie - The president of the United States is more than a figure head.
Hon...my strategy is that I ask Americans these questions...and then I come back and spew it all out... They said she the president is more or less a figurehead...
Effort? No let the women decide what they want to do. Some will be made for business or politics, others are most happy with home and family. It would be sad if there was never an opportunity for anyone but welfare recipients to be home with children.
Lorraine...there are also FATHERS...y'know?
Right I know there are fathers, but what good are they these days? Men have become so girly, Maybe they can stay home-and play house, still they aren't so good at the fine details at home like a woman.
Men can stay home and take care of the family. Women will just have to let go of having everything just so...
Sometimes kids need support to go into atypical careers...ie: men into nursing, women into politics.
but we need to look at everyone's qualifications first...no choosing women just because they are women
Of course...same qualifications but maybe a little more lenient to give women a jump up...
Hi Brian. Yes I partly agree with you...women might not need help in America but they do in Canada.... Most women said they wouldn't get enough time to have children if they went into politics......hmm?
Yes. But. It isn't lucrative also...especially not to women who are in their 20s...and that's the age we'd like them to start...they can have babies in their 30s. Get their husbands to stay at home.
But...you had to go through the crap in order to realize this...
There are certain womens issues that only women will understand. There are a lot of things in this world men cant grasp as being a problem but to us are overpoweringly an issue