Women in Politics

Thursday, 18 September 2008 16:10 by: Anonymous

Women in Politics

    This week's "NOW" on PBS:

    How have women in politics changed America and the world? "NOW" on PBS investigates with an hour-long special hosted by Maria Hinojosa: "Women, Power and Politics: A Rising Tide?"

    See the show on television this weekend or watch online STARTING SATURDAY at: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/437/index.html

    Given the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin's and Hillary Clinton's historical political ascendance, why does the US rank so low among countries for percentage of women holding national office? On Friday, September 19, at 8:30 PM (check local listings), in a one-hour special, "NOW's" Maria Hinojosa talks to women leaders around the world and here in the United States for an intimate look at the high-stakes risks, triumphs and setbacks for women leaders of today and tomorrow.

    Among these women are President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first woman leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her as president, and former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen, now in a tight race for a seat in the US Senate.

    We also travel to Rwanda where, 14 years after a horrific massacre left nearly one million people dead, women make up nearly half of Parliament. And we travel to Manhattan where ambitious high school girls are competing in a high-stakes debate tournament.

    "Women, Power and Politics" is also about the personal journey of mother and award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa as she strives to answer the question: "What does it mean to be a woman in power?"

    Watch a preview and excerpt of this special program at this web address: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/437/video-excerpt.html.

    User this directory tool to find out where the show is airing in your area: http://www.pbs.org/now/sched.html.

    The "NOW" web site at www.pbs.org/now will feature web-exclusive commentary from noteworthy women, including Maria Bartiromo, Sandra Cisneros and Tina Brown; a personal essay from Maria Hinojosa; an interactive debate over Sarah Palin's candidacy; as well as opportunities for all women to post and share their stories of ambition, success and discouragement.

    (The "interactive debate" over Sarah Palin's candidacy is live now at: http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/436/debate.html).

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