The Importance of Women in Politics

The Importance of Women in Politics

The field of politics is very male-dominated. In 2020, only 21 per cent of government ministers were women, with only 14 countries having achieved 50 per cent or more women in cabinets. In addition, only 25 per cent of all national parliamentarians are women. It is clear that women are underrepresented in the field of politics. However, achieving gender parity in politics is crucial.

It is important to have women in politics not because they are better than men but because of diversity. The more diverse any workplace is, the more successful it is. People from different backgrounds bring in different world views and ideas. Having a parliament consisting of the same people of the same gender, age, color, and the same ideas is wrecking and pointless. It is like paying wages to, say, 20 people for one idea. Working in a team like that is obviously convenient for the people inside of it because there is no disagreement. However, in order to be more efficient and have more potential, it is important to think critically and have all the possible options in sight. It is especially important with making political decisions because they affect all the residents of the country, if not more in some cases. Therefore, diversity in politics is crucial.

There are of course some real-world examples to support this claim. For example, Finland’s prime minister is Sanna Marin–a 36-year-old woman. She is already the third woman with the role of a prime minister in Finland. Overall, Finland is one of the countries with the greatest gender parity in politics. It had 46% of women parliamentarians, as of 2021. At the same time, Finland is considered to be one of the safest countries and in 2021 it had the greatest happiness index.

Having women take leading positions in the government is very encouraging for all the women in the world. It can reshape society’s views on gender equality dramatically and empower women to follow their desired career paths. 

My name is Nastasya Anokhina and I am a 15-year-old girl living in Moscow, Russia. Growing up, I was really inspired by my mother who was able to build a career in a tech company and raise me all by herself. So I was rather shocked facing so much gender discrimination in Russia at some point and became interested in feminism at quite an early age. The effects that discrimination has on all aspects of women’s lives terrify me. I often hear girls’ stories of men harassing them and men joking about how a woman’s place is in the kitchen. I seldom see women working in the STEM industry or the government. Facing these issues made me realize how important it is to spread awareness on the problem of gender inequality. Sexist stereotypes harm mental and physical health and affect all genders. I believe that together we can make a change and create a different world where there is no gender bias.