Why we don’t have more women in politics | Politics Explained

The country that’s leading the way is one you wouldn’t expect.

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Women in Australia have a long way to go before we reach parity in federal politics. Despite being among the first countries in the world to grant women the vote, it would take four decades before we actually elected any women to Federal Parliament. Only one in three parliamentarians at a federal level are women, and they — especially those in leadership positions — have often been the target of criticism that’s based more on their gender than their policies.

But what if we applied a bit of a heavier hand to trying to fix the gender disparity in Parliament? About half the world uses quotas or designated seats for women.

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