Let's play a game.
What do these countries all have in common:
... something not shared by that beacon of women's rights, the United States of America.
Yep, these nations, and many others, have been run by women.
In America there has been no woman president. Only 16% of congress are women. Well, someday perhaps the USA will catch up. Maybe the Philippines or India can come and liberate American women.
In Canada, we aren't exactly doing so well, either. No women lead any of the four major parties. We have never had more than 21% women in parliament, with few of these coming from aboriginal, immigrant or other minority women.
Granted, attaining gender parity in politics may not be the most urgent and pressing matter facing women, but it is one visible marker that helps us guage our progress.
Inspired by India electing its first woman president, Pratibha Patil.