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Week of 9.19.08

Women, Power and Politics

How have women in politics changed America and the world?

Given the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton's historical political ascendance, why does the U.S. rank only 69th in the world in percentage of women holding political positions? This week, in a one-hour special, NOW's Maria Hinojosa talks to women leaders around the world and here in the United States for an intimate look at the high-stakes risks, triumphs, and setbacks for women leaders of today and tomorrow.

Among these women are President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first woman leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her as President, and former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now in a tight race for a seat in the U.S. Senate.

We also travel to Rwanda, where, 14 years after a horrific massacre left nearly one million people dead, women make up nearly half of parliament; and to Manhattan, where ambitious high school girls are competing in a high-stakes debate tournament.

"Women, Power and Politics" is also about the personal journey of mother and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa as she strives to answer the question: What does it mean to be a woman in power?

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The Initiative for Inclusive Security of the Hunt Alternatives Fund recognizes the importance of women in negotiations during times of conflict and violence through research and documentation, partnerships, and training.

She Should Run is a project organized by the Women's Campaign Forum to gather nominations for pro-choice women who they believe should run for public office.

New U.N. Study: More women in politics than ever, account for 18.4% of parliament members worldwide

NewsHour: Livni Narrowly Wins Israeli Election, Becomes country's first female prime minister in 34 years

The International Museum of Women is a social change museum that strives to amplify the voices of women worldwide through global online exhibitions, history, the arts and cultural programs.

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Rutgers University's Center for Women's Global Leadership creates programs that promote women's human rights education as well as women's leadership and the advancement of feminist perspectives in local, national and international policy-making processes.

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