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Women taking over the world?

6 Jul, 2016

There are now fewer women leading countries than there were at the beginning of 2016.

The emergence of women leaders in Scotland and Northern Ireland, together with the prospect of a second female Prime Minister and possibly a woman leading the Labour Party has led to much speculation about the rise of women politicians. It has been suggested in some quarters that women are 'taking over', and that the problem of women's absence from political leadership is practically solved.

In fact, this could not be further from the truth.

There are now fewer women running countries than there were twelve months ago, or even at the beginning of the year - down from 19 to 15 (or 16 if the suspended Dilma Rousseff of Brazil is included). And although in the UK women are doing well in leadership roles it is also the case that, even if a woman leads in the UK and Hillary Clinton wins in November, the overall result is only likely to be a return to the levels of January 2016.

You can see the full up-to-date list of countries with women presidents (9) and prime ministers (6) here.