Two years ago, a pair of political scientists in Washington, D.C. sent out a survey to about 2,000 adults in the United States. They wanted to answer one specific question: Did Americans think it was harder for women to succeed in politics than in other professions?

The answer came back a resounding yes. Americans perceived politics as an especially hostile environment for women, much more so than journalism, business, or law. One-third thought that women didn’t win political races as frequently as men; 60 percent thought the media focused too much on women candidates’ appearance.

“The conventional wisdom is that politics is harder,” says Jennifer Lawless, one of the political scientists behind that survey, told me in a recent interview.

Lawless and Hayes argue that women aren’t being kept out of politics because of an unfair playing field. Women get media coverage that looks really similar to that of men. Voters’ perceptions of candidates’ strengths don’t seem to vary with gender. And female politicians are just as good at raising money and winning races.

NDETIHere in our Motherland, some women in politics have rather decided to use the gender card more than often with an intention of seeking voters sympathy. Recent case is when Machakos gubernatorial candidate Wavinya Ndeti was in JKL show on Wednesday 14th June 2017. Apart from the boring (We all expected an intellectual discourse) tag, Wavinya kept pulling the gender card as a way of defence, and most of the time she would deviate from the focus question and end up talking about ‘I am a woman, better than a man,,,,’ and so forth, it was a big let down to say the least

The moment one decided to throw her/his weight into leadership, or rather in this case politics, then s/he should expect equal treatment by the binding laws, no two way about it, the environment does not give a f*ck where you come from, your gender, age, the car you drive or the kind of pet you keep, the game is equal, if you cant manage the heat then bolt out

Nominated Senator Emma Mbura who claims men intimidate women during campaigns

Women should stop seeking for sympathy from the public and fully embrace politics, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation (MYWO) official gas said.
MYWO national secretary Elizabeth Maiyeka said the notion that women were a weaker sex should be discarded.
“From the time of colonialism there were women in leadership,” she said in Mombasa on Thursday.
“If women were leaders at that time when there was no legislative framework supporting their leadership why aren’t we seeing more women in politics now that we have a progressive Constitution that recognises the one third gender rule?” she asked.
Although there were still stereotypes that push women away from politics, she acknowledged the fact that many women were embracing art.
She spoke one week after women aspirants in Coast region complained of being harassed by male aspirants vying for various elective seats.
Nominated Senator Emma Mbura last week told members of the Mijikenda community to abandon traditions that paint women as a weaker sex.
Mbura who is eyeing the Rabai parliamentary seat on a Maendeleo Chap Chap ticket said outdated customs were still clawing back women from joining and excelling in politics in Kilifi.
She described how she had been intimidated by her male opponents while campaigning.
“They have really dug into my marital status, saying all sorts of bad things about my status, family and life in general,” Mbura said.
She said one of her male rivals at a public rally proclaimed how she does not qualify to lead because she was not married and had failed to establish a home.
Mbura said from the time she began campaigning, she has endured loads of negative propaganda from her male challengers but thanked the people for standing by her side.
“I blame this on our Mijikenda tradition that looks at us women as non-performers in society. Thanks though. We are changing this trend.”

I am feminist, yes, but thats makes me not view a woman as a lesser being

Its time women realized that we are all equal, but in this game, some of us are more equal

@MwanaaR

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