Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article on the gender bias and related financial discrimination U.S. women are facing as they run for political office. In it, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns shared the story of Ms. Chris Giunchigliani.
Ms. Giunchigliani is a candidate for Nevada’s gubernatorial race in 2018. Throughout her life, she has proved her qualifications in business and politics. Regardless, however, she has faced ongoing discrimination and attacks from both her male opponents and political financiers.
These attacks included an allegation that she “protected” sexual criminals– despite the fact that Ms. Giunchigliani herself is a survivor of sexual abuse.
According to the United Nations, women only hold around one-fifth of national legislative seats, and 38 countries have less than 10% female representation in their governments. This is a clear under representation of women in politics. After all, if women make up about half of the world’s population, shouldn’t they also make up about half of its leadership?
Phoolan Devi was an Indian politician who showed the world that women can rise up from violence and oppression to become great leaders. A survivor of violent sexual assault and child marriage, Phoolan refused to give in to her circumstances. Instead, she fought back, and eventually became one of the most well-loved politicians in India.
Her assassination was evidence of the ongoing violence and oppression women in power face. This is true around the world, and something must be done to stop it. We are spreading the story of Phoolan to achieve this goal, so we hope you will support our upcoming film.