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Historically, if you were not a property owning white male you did not have the right to vote in America. The decision to allow women the right to vote, after a long struggle, in 1920, was a key turning point in the transformation of the American democratic experience. The challenge from then on, of making this right meaningful across America, through changing mindsets and training women, was left, for the most part, on the shoulders of civil society. To secure a higher representation of the national congressional seats in Washington, the Federal Government must reinforce legislation such as affirmative action for gender mainstreaming in all policy areas. The inclusion and empowerment of women in the political arena isof utmost importance to achieving a government that is truly “by the people, for the people"...Please click here to read the text in full.

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Christina Bache Fidan
Christina Bache Fidan

Christina Bache Fidan is a Research Fellow at the Center for International and European Studies (CIES), Kadir Has University, and a founding member of Women in Foreign Policy, an Istanbul-based initiative to improve women’s participation in foreign policymaking.

From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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