Not even 6 percent of world leaders are female. A look at parliaments and ministries also shows that women in politics are not a given. Finnish conditions are a rarity.

In Scandinavia, the proportion of women in parliaments is above average: in Finland, it is 42 percent, and Sweden leads the EU with 47 percent—thus, women more frequently hold governing positions.

How can more women achieve top political positions? The quickest way for women to attain high political offices remains quotas, says political scientist Jessica Fortin-Rittberger in DER SPIEGEL.

“It’s not that there are too few women who are knowledgeable about politics and want to get involved.” […] “In many structures, there are male networks that prevent women from being as politically successful as men,” says Anna Peter, federal spokesperson for the Green Youth, on

Ria Schröder, chairwoman of the Young Liberals, states, “Young women are just as politically active as young men. But many structures in parliaments and parties have hardly changed in the past 100 years and particularly deter women.”

The problem is more fundamental: women are not even being nominated in the first place.

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Posted by Natascha Hoffner, Founder & CEO of herCAREER, WiWo columnist, LinkedIn TOP Voice 2020, W&V 2019 – 100 Köpfe
published on LinkedIn on 19.06.2020