Giving the girls a chance

  • 1999-03-18
  • Rebecca Santana
TALLINN - During the 1992 presidential election, an older female voter told Mari-Ann Kelam, an MP from the Pro-Patria Union, that being president is too hard of a job for a woman. This baffled Kelam, since the only female candidate, Lagle Parek, had already survived a Soviet gulag. Sexism like this is pervasive in Estonian society, but a big push by female politicians led to a record number of women in Parliament and may lead to a change in attitudes. But although many people agree that sexism is a problem in Estonia, they disagree on the methods used to combat it. Almost one-fifth of the P...
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