By Komal Ahmed
The representation of women as prime ministers and heads of government around the world is still relatively low. As of 2021, only a small number of countries have had a female head of government, and many of these women have only held office for short periods of time.
However, there have been some notable female leaders who have held the office of Prime Minister or President for extended periods, such as Angela Merkel in Germany, Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan,Theresa May in the United Kingdom, and Kamala Harris in the United States.
These women have broken through the glass ceiling and become trailblazers for other women in politics.
The underrepresentation of women as heads of government is not just a problem in New Zealand, but it is a global issue.
Studies have shown that women are less likely to be selected as candidates for high political office and that they face significant barriers to entry in the political arena.
This includes discrimination, bias, and lack of support from political parties.
Some organizations are working to address this issue by promoting women’s participation in politics, providing training and resources for female candidates, and advocating for policies that support gender equality in politics.
However, there is still a long way to go to ensure that women have equal opportunities to lead in all countries around the world.
Having no female Prime Minister in New Zealand could be seen as a setback for the feminist movement, as it suggests a lack of representation and equal opportunity for women in leadership positions.
This is especially important in the context of a country like New Zealand, where women have historically been underrepresented in politics.
This lack of representation can also have a ripple effect on society as a whole, as research has shown that having more women in leadership positions can lead to policies and decisions that better reflect the needs and perspectives of all members of society, including women and other marginalized groups.
Furthermore, the absence of a female Prime Minister could also have implications on the perceptions of female leadership, as it can create a cultural bias that women are less capable of leading or less qualified to hold high office.
Thus, the absence of a female Prime Minister could be seen as a significant loss for the feminist movement and for the representation of women in leadership positions in New Zealand.
For feminist groups, this could be seen as a setback in terms of representation and equal representation for women in leadership positions.
However, it’s important to note that the reasons for this change in leadership could be diverse and not necessarily related to gender inequality.