New French Law Requires 50% Female Candidates

New French Law Requires 50% Female Candidates, Candice Choi,
France recently passed a law which requires political parties to have an equal number of male and female candidates. With less than 9% women in its legislature in 2000, France is comparable to the United States when it comes to political gender equality–13% of U.S. Senators are women. However, France falls shamefully behind other European countries. Sweden has the most women in its legislature (45%), followed by Denmark and Finland (both 37%). Enacted to close the gap between France and its European neighbors, the new law is expected to yield the highest number of female politicians ever in the upcoming March election.
–Anjula Razdan
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