If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, the U.S. will join the roughly 50 percent of countries worldwide that have had a woman as the top national leader.
At least 79 countries have had an elected or appointed head of state or head of government, according data from the World Economic Forum. But there’s a reason why feminists aren’t celebrating.
The rise of these female politicians in South Asia is typically tied to dynastic party structures, says Sameer Lalwani, deputy director of the South Asia Program at the Stimson Center, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. That means that prominent families play a large role in politics, and when husband or father dies or can no longer serve, a female family member takes up the mantel.
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