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Women, Power and Politics

International Museum of Women
in-house + mediatrope


Women, Power and Politics is one of the most comprehensive online sources of women's political participation around the world. Available in four languages – English, Spanish, French and Arabic – the exhibition features over 200 multi-media stories of women claiming and exercising their power to transform their communities and the world.  Organized into nine topics, the exhibition covers a wide range of well-known and lesser-known women working at the highest levels of government as well as on the ground and in the streets.

Some examples:

  • Two Million Women Leaders and Counting
    Since 1993, an astonishing two million rural women in India have become leaders in their village councils, or panchayats. By law, one third of these seats is reserved for women.
  • Roots of Peace
    Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai grew a powerful world peace movement, the Greenbelt Movement, from the seed of an idea: teaching Kenyan women to plant trees.
  • Malaysia's Star Everywoman
    A feisty fictional character got out the vote in Malaysia in 2008. Meet Mak Bedah, middle-aged "auntie," campaign activist and YouTube singing sensation.
  • Benazir Bhutto and Beyond
    Two women of different generations offer contrasting perspectives on the legacy of women’s political participation in Pakistan. (podcast)
  • Victoria Woodhull
    Long before Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to run for president in the United States.

Women, Power and Politics launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2008, and has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors to date.  In addition to stories, the exhibition includes podcasts, 145 take-action opportunities, a film list, booklist, blog, as well as an extensive toolkit.  The exhibition is also integrated with I.M.O.W.’s online community and social networking tools.  Community members submitted more than 150 stories to the exhibition – of these, more than 40 were featured . They also saved favorite stories to their profiles; rated, tagged and commented on stories; and participated in forum threads on topics associated with and inspired by the exhibition.



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