Do you think that would be a good idea? To make it a law that seats be reserved for women.
When I first heard of this method, I was dead set against it. But the more I think about it, the more I think it might not be such a bad, crazy idea.
Yes, yes, what's wrong with women that we can't get ourselves voted?
But, it'd be this sweeping, radical change and it'd happen basically overnight. There would be problems, of course, but wouldn't it be better to radically change the 'stereotypes' and the system rather than wait a couple more decades for the old, white men dominated government to be slightly different.
When this came up in class, I said that why is gender the most prominent issue when it comes to government representation? What about religion? I am so sick of public officials mentioning God in their public speeches. I am so sick of policies being determined/influenced by God. What about race? What if Asians want .5 representation? Yes, gender is 50/50 but does that necessarily mean it should be the only factor in representation? I don't see myself primarily as a woman, I see myself as a Democrat, as an atheist, as Asian...what does being a woman really matter in politics?
Recently, India is pushing for 1/3 of government seats for women - their women are very behind in almost every sector. And their minorities are outraged.
My professor said the Nordic countries have the highest rate of women in office and that is because they have a quota. I could be wrong. Rwanda has a quota and is up there on the list.
What do you think?