NOW: Women, Power and Politics
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Sunday, February 28, 2010
How have women in politics changed America and the world?
Given the hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton's historical political ascendance, why does the United States rank only 69th in the world in percentage of women holding political positions? In this 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 U.S. 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 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?