Women In Power

By Aisling Cunniffe

What is women in Power?

:  It is women who openly display their power, knowledge, and skill, receiving public recognition and honor

The First Example of a woman who upholds power and represents the Definition above, is Mary Robinson.


       Mary Robinson.

Early Life:

  • Mary Robinson was born in Ballina in 1944 in County Mayo.
  • She attended Trinity College and Harvard University.
  • She joined Trinity's law faculty as the youngest professor in the school's history.
  • From 1969 to 1989 she was a member of the Senate.

  Her Rise to Power:

  • In 1990 Mary Robinson became the first women President for Ireland.
  • She was strongly committed to human rights and was an advocate of divorce, contraceptives, and homosexuality.
  • Before her time as a President she took up the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • In that position she emphasized the promotion of human rights at the national and regional levels.

Mary Robinson symbolises women in Power and is the Perfect Example to represent this title. However if  gender equality is accessed why did it take almost 70 years for a female to uphold power as President in Ireland?

Why is Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese the only women to be female Presidents , while there has been a total of seven male Presidents? This is not a fair representation over the years of women surely for Ireland.


*Here is a link to a video of Women who upheld power in rural Tanzania, and its clear to see the skills they have now gained.


*Here's some quick facts to make you think about  the workplace for women in Ireland.*

  Women in Power- The Work Place

  • Women are more likely to get have a third level Education and to live longer yet according to the CSO Statics women earn less in the workplace and our under-represented in local and regional authorities.
  • In 2006 Women's Income was around two thirds of men's income.
  • In 2008 only 13% of the TD's in the Dail were women.
  • The Proportion of men at risk of poverty in 2006 after pensions and social transfers was 17% compared to 19% for women.
If women were truly in Power wouldn't the statics be different?


*The Second women who I have chosen to represent women in Power is :

Aung san Suu Kyi

Early Life:

  •  Aung San Suu Kyi was born on June 19, 1945 as the daughter of national leader General Aung San
  •  She was educated in Rangoon, Burma until she was 15 years old  She earned a BA in philosophy, politics and economics from St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University.
Her Rise to Power
  • In 1988, while visiting Burma to take care of her sick mother, Aung San Suu Kyi joined the pro-democracy movement which was pressing for political reforms in Burma.
  •  On August 26, she addressed a half-million mass rally in Rangoon and called for a democratic government. 
  •  She was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize
  •  Although currently under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi continues to work for democracy and freedom in Burma
  • Aung San Suu Kyi is the perfect example of a Women in Power who upholds her own duties. She is not afraid to speak her own mind and with her own power she has helped bring awareness and change to the way Burma is governed. She is a role Model for young women, to speak so that their voices can be heard. Through her own actions she will empower many more women to follow in her footsteps.

Where women have very little power.

Saudi Arabia.

  • Cultural impact is one of the main factors that influences gender equality in many countries.
  • In Saudi Arabia Islamic principles restrict women's freedom and therefore reduce there empowerment.
  • For example among all countries that enforce Islamic restrictions, here is where the lowest rate of women's education can be found.
  • Religion forces the way women dress, their work, their rights , the list is endless.
Lubna.png*When I was trying to find  women in power it was very hard for me to find anything and I think it just showed women's Empowerment in Arab Countries.*

Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi

  • She is the foreign minister of the United Arab Emigrates.
  • Lubna holds the distinction of being the first woman to hold a ministerial post in the United Arab Emirates.
  • She was voted number one from  Arab' s most powerful women.

Women make up half the population in Saudi Arabia yet only 10% of the workforce. We are told that all human beings are treated equally , yet living in the 21st Century this is not even so. Women as said in the video are treated like 'second class citizens' in countries such as Saudi Arabia. I think that it is time women have their own power instead of their religion overpowering them. 

Here is a quick visual display of a video I made about women in Power in reference to what I have been blogging about*

Through my blog of women in Power I have looked at Women who uphold the name of being a woman in power,I have seen the inequality in the workplace for women. Places like Tanania where women are beginning to become empowered.  I blogged about places were women hold very little power like the countries in the Arab nations because of their own religious beliefs. I hope my blog has shown the different aspects of the title 'Women in Power'. I took for granted that all women had their own rights and empowerment but that is defiantly not the case.To answer the question 'where is it best to be a women?' , I would have to say countries in which the religion does not rule women's way of life. Such as the Arab nations. Countries where women have their own freedom and in which men and women's rights are equal.In order to achieve the Millennium Development goal of gender equality women need to become empowered. Women need to speak with their own voices and prompt their own rights. I hope you have enjoyed my blog! 

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