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March 19 2001 Contemporary EuropeShort Essay Women In Power From Tokenism to Critical Mass The policy of making only a perfunctory effort or symbolic gesture toward the accomplishment of a goal That is the definition I found when I looked up what tokenism meant I feel that this definition describes exactly what is going on when looking at women in political power The article by Jane S Jaquette changed my mind completely on the way I look at the US governments attitudes towards women politically I must admit though that what I felt were assumptions and were not based on any facts I have never taken a class or read any information on how women are involved in politics Now after reading this article I feel different However this may be biased because I am only using one authors opinion as a backing for my feelings Before reading this I thought that women had made tremendous achievements in the political fields Even while reading this the first time I thought wow great progress The opening statement of the article says Never before have so many women held so much power Jaquette 102 Great so we are finally moving up in the world But something bothered me I had to reread some sections and really think about the bigger picture Overall women do not have as much political power as men or even half Look at the Nordic countries They are the most gender equal overall yet women only hold about thirty-six percent of government seats Jaquette 103 Why is that This number is the highest compared to the rest of the world and it is pretty good But why arent we as women and as Americans equal I was shocked to find out that the United States is only at one third of the Nordics The land of the free Everyone is created equal Well I really dont think so Not after
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