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A record number of American women are running for elected office in 2018, many of them motivated by outrage over U.S. President Donald Trump's policies and attitudes.With only 19.3 percent female representation in the House of Representatives and 23 percent in the Senate, the United States currently ranks 103rd in the world in terms of women's representation in national legislatures. At the top of that list is Rwanda, where women make up 61.3 percent of the lower house and 38.5 percent of the upper house. Globally, over 100 political parties in 53 countries have voluntary measures in place to increase the number of women candidates and party officials.In a 2008 survey of 292 parliamentarians around the world, the Inter-Parliamentary Union found that female MPs viewed lack of finance as a more significant deterrent to entering politics than their male counterparts did.Political parties, which serve as gatekeepers for aspirants to public office, also have significant power to find creative ways to support women candidates.
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