The question of women participating in politics is as timely as never before. The role of women in policy-making has significantly changed over the last century, but females still have much to achieve in this field. Once it was hideous for women to vote; next it was odd to see a woman in the Senate and a woman-candidate for the presidency. Everything that is impossible at one time will sooner or later be implemented. Women in power are no exception.
Defining the place of women in politics, we have to say that they have different political attitudes than men do and their participation is uneven. Unlike men, women often pursue liberal goals. They are less likely to support military force and turn their eye to welfare and social sphere. For this reason, more women identify with the Democratic party and support its candidates. In such activities as voting, protesting, and improving local politics, men and women participate as equals. But women are less likely to participate in political campaigns, seek a place in political organizations, and contact public officials. Besides, an average woman is less politically interested and informed than an average man.
Women are underrepresented in legislation, executive office, and court. Only one woman has been a major party candidate for president by now. There are plenty of factors to explain poor representation of females, from lack of resources (money, popular support) to poor competitive skills and decision making. Importantly, women are more likely to participate when they have a female role model in power. Thus, the more women participate in politics, the more are encouraged to do so as well.