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New female leaders: the ascent of woman

Female leaders are, at long last, becoming a normal part of the landscape. But will this new political era make any real difference for women?

By Rachel Holmes   October 2016

A "proudly feminist" Justin Trudeau (front row, second from the right) with his gender balanced cabinet in 2015 ©XINHUA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

In an otherwise depressing time for international politics, the ascent of women leaders might be regarded as a cause for optimism. Following Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany since 2005, Theresa May became Britain’s second female Prime Minister in July. If Hillary Clinton wins the US presidential election in November, women will…

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