“Women Evolve a Project” by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Very Few Women In World Leadership

Former front-runner in 2016 Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation collected data about the social and political condition of women around the world.

On March 9, “No Ceilings: Full Participation Project” seeks to advance women’s rights in accordance with gender equality around the world in 2015, showing a million data points on women’s growth in areas such as education and health, according to Time Magazine.

Clinton has focused a large part of her political career on women’s rights –– she famously said in 1995, “women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.”

Released in the “No Ceilings: Full Participation Project” website, progress in the acquisition of more women’s rights is possible and the data gives people the change to clearly see and understand the “unfinished business that remains.”

“We’re not there yet,” Clinton said in New York City on Monday.

According to the project, there has been a great deal of success when it comes to maternal mortality and contraceptive use.

Significant progress has been made in the areas of health and education; for example, the rate of maternal mortality has almost been cut in half since 1995

In 2012, literacy rates for females reached 80 percent and the global gender gap for primary education has closed everywhere except Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the project.

For the aspect of leadership roles, the data shows women are still underrepresented.

Global legislatures remain only 22 percent female, while the number of countries led by women has risen by merely four ladies from 1995 to 2015.

According to TIME magazine, “Still, there are glimmers of hope. In Rwanda, Bolivia and Andorra, around 50 percent of the lower parliamentary seats are held by women.”

Clinton included in the project the used a symbolic act of dissolving women on public signs and magazine covers beginning on the morning of March 8, International Women’s Day.

The demonstration was meant to reflect analysis from the project signifying that women have a ways to go before gender equality is achieved, based TIME magazine,

The Eagleton Institute for Politics Center for American Women and Politics Firsts for Women in U.S. Politics’ online fact sheet, shows Mia Love (UT-4) became the first black Republican woman in Congress in 2015.

At a halt, the United States is lagging behind compared to other nations. It only ranks 98th in the world for percentage of women in its national legislature, just behind Kenya and Indonesia, and barely ahead of the United Arab Emirates, according to The Nation.

Arend Lijphart, a former president of the American Political Science Association, in his report on Patters of Democracy, state the he found many strong correlations between an increase in female legislators and fast progressing social policy.

Lijphart spotted that, female legislators introduce more bills than men when it comes to areas of civil rights and liberties, education, health and labor

According to TIME magazine’s analysis of Clinton’s project, women have taken two steps forward and one step back.

“We cannot mistake progress for success,” Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, said at the “No Ceilings” event.

The world has reached a critical moment and can no longer afford to overlook the potential of half the population. Not only is the evidence about the benefits of full participation of women to prosperity and stability stronger than ever before.


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