Alexandra Zimmerman
Alexandra Zimmerman
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Heidi Heitkamp Election Results: Close Race Could Set Record for Women in Congress

Since Heidi Heitkamp has won her bid for the Senate in North Dakota, women will hold 19 seats in the U.S. Senate after last night's election, a record high for women in Congress.

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Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren Win: Record Number of Women Running in Election 2012

Women have served in the House since 1917, and in the Senate since 1922. Tonight, a record number of women running for office will likely lead to an increase in gender parity in government.
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Obama vs Romney: Why I Voted for Barack Obama Instead of Mitt Romney

Given what I have heard and seen from both candidates, this is why I voted for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney.
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Electoral College Map: Obama May Lose the Popular Vote, But Will Still Win the Presidency

The poll numbers are close and show it is possible for Mitt Romney to win the popular vote but the electoral college will still re-elect Obama.
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6 Statistics That Should Make You Care About the First International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl. Girls' education is essential to making progress on many important global development goals.
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Why Do They Hate Us? Mona Eltahawy is Right About Misogyny in the Arab World

Mona Eltahawy's recent article in Foreign Policy has caused a stir, but she's right about women in the Arab world.

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Earth Day 2012: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Can Save Bangladesh from Climate Change Disaster

With two earthquakes and deadly monsoons this year, Bangladesh is already feeling the devastating effects of climate change, and it is only going to get worse.
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International Women's Day: Iraq Has a Weak Record on Women's Rights

IAU Iraq's recent "Women in Iraq Factsheet" finds progress on women's empowerment to be slow and facing many obstacles.
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To Up Arab Female Political Participation, the Middle East Must Use Quota Systems

Women’s ideas and experiences are invaluable assets to political life, and to producing the change Arab Spring protesters are looking for.
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Syria Doesn't Face Genocide, But Rather Civil War

As Hillary Clinton said of the Syria situation, “The endgame…is civil war.”
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Don't Give Up On Microfinance

Controversy surrounds the microfinance industry, but we cannot ignore its successes in changing the lives of the world's poor.

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Palestinian Statehood: Is the UN the Answer?

With the impending vote in the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state, should the United States exercise its veto power?
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Women and the New, Free Egypt

There is a real danger that women will get left behind in Egypt's post-Mubarak transition. For a real democracy to take hold, it is imperative that women’s rights not be neglected.
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Now Trending: Twitter Topples Tunisian Tyrant ... Who's Next?

#tunisia Social media has helped to fuel the historic revolution in Tunisia. Will Twitter and Facebook help protestors mobilize against other authoritarian regimes in the Middle East?
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Hypocrisy Behind Saudi Arabia's Election to U.N. Women Board

Saudi Arabia was recently elected to the board of U.N. Women, a move that sends the wrong message for advancing women's rights around the world, given the country's troubled human rights record.
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Can Social Media Bring Democracy to the Middle East?

Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook can change democracy promotion in the Middle East. Social media may not take down regimes, but it can help civil society to hold leaders more accountable.