Kuwaitis Gain Vote; Shooting Blamed on Turkish TV

CheersThe Kuwait parliament on Monday approved voting rights for women as well as giving them the right to run for elective office, reports The New York Times.”It has been 20 years of work, but at last we got our rights,” said Lulua al-Mulla, general secretary of Kuwait’s Social Cultural Women’s Society, a women’s advocacy group. “It’s about time.”Two weeks ago the parliament voted against the measure, leaving women’s rights advocates and their supporters disheartened and unsure when they might have a second chance at voting on women’s suffrage.But on Monday members of parliament reintroduced the legislation and the government invoked a rarely used “order for urgency” to pressure legislators to vote on the matter in one session, thus curtailing heated debate with Islamist members.The members voted 35 to 23 in favor to remove the word “men” from Article 1 of the election law, but added a clause with the phrase “females abide by Islamic law” to appease religious conservatives.Analysts are unsure what the clause means for future elections, but it might simply translate to having separate voting booths for men and women.Other Things to Cheer this Week:– State Rep. LeAnna Washington, a pro-choice Democratic woman, was elected on Tuesday to a state Senate seat in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. Washington won the seat in a special election held to replace Allyson Schwartz, another pro-choice Democratic woman who was elected to Congress last year.– One in four wives in the U.S. are paid more money than their husband, according to a study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports the Chicago Sun-Times on Sunday. While a wage gender gap persists–full-time working women’s wages are 80 percent of men’s according to this report–women now contribute 35 percent of family income, the highest percentage ever. For the 8.3 million wives who make more than their husbands, the household contribution can be much more than half.– Harvard University President Lawrence Summers–who came under fire earlier this year for his remarks about women in the fields of engineering and science–pledged $50 million over the next decade for programs to recruit more female and minority faculty, reports the London-based Independent.For more information:World Economic Forum–Women’s Empowerment: Measuring the Global Gender Gap :http://www.weforum.org/pdf/Global_Competitiveness_Reports/Reports/gender_gap.pdfJeers:A popular daytime television talk show in Istanbul, Turkey, which frequently hosted women facing violence at home, has been abruptly cancelled following the second violent incident blamed on the program.The show, “Kadinin Sesi” (Women’s Voice), was Turkey’s most popular daytime show and one of a number of similar shows that covered women’s issues.

Kerry and Women: Too Little, Too Late

In an election that was anything but average, the voting gender gap nonetheless narrowed to its average distance. Analysts puzzle over why this happened and what it means for future candidates and campaigns.