Women in Politics and the Media:
The United States vs. The Czech Republic
by Kyle Jones
Females worldwide have overcome many obstacles over the past hundred years. Times are quickly changing, and more women are becoming involved in politics with each election cycle. Is the United States ready for more female politicians to become involved in politics at the local, state, and federal levels? Is the Czech Republic ready for more female politicians in the House and Senate?
A survey conducted in the United States by Gallup in 1937 suggested that of those surveyed, only 33% of the population would vote for a woman who is qualified for elected office. But nearly sixty years later in 1999, the same survey was conducted and that number rose to an all-time high of 92% of the population would support a qualified woman for elected office (Anderson, 2002). In 1989, the communist legislators in Czechoslovakia put forth a quota for the number of female politicians in Parliament. The target goal was 30% but the quota was never met. Currently the European Parliament contains roughly only 16%, which is about half of the target goal (Radio Praha, 2013).
With an evolving society in the United States, it is becoming increasingly popular for women to become involved in politics, but in the Czech Republic it seems like women are geared towards other career paths. A woman becoming involved in politics is viewed favorably in society in the minds of both men and women in the United States. However, in the Czech Republic, women are deterred from running for elected office, and worldwide, women are often unfairly treated by the media. (click below to download the paper)