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League Table: WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

The nations of the world are ranked here according to the proportion of women elected to their parliaments.

Where politicians are freely elected by universal franchise, the proportion of women representatives is an indicator of changing attitudes in society at large.

Worldwide, only 1 elected politician in 9 is a woman. In the face of such marked inequality, it is not possible to be satisfied with the speed of progress.

Yet only half a century ago, women did not even have the vote in most nations - including such economically advanced nations as France and Japan.


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