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October 30, 2007

One of the best adverts this year: Smirnoff Triple Distilled

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Great soundtrack, amazing images, witty plot – an advert one could watch over and over again. It should definitely be nominated for the Cannes Lions Awards.

Women in politics

Since Queen Victoria and Empress Dowager Cixi jointly ruled over 2/3 of the world, female leaders have been emerging and ruling with fluctuating success. But now the world of politics seems to be ready to welcome a new wave of female leaders, some plainly great, some more controversial.

  • Margaret Thatcher, 1978, became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
  • Aung San Suu Kyi, 1988, formed and became the leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma
  • Benazir Bhutto, 1988, elected Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Mo Mowlam, 1997, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Yulia Timoshenko, 1999, assumed the post of vice-Premier Minister responsible for Ukraine’s fuel and energy issues
  • Condoleezza Rice, 2005, First Female African-American Secretary of State, USA
  • Angela Merkel, 2005, elected Chancellor of Germany
  • Cristina Elisabeth Fernández de Kirchner, 2007, to assume presidency over Argentina in December

Could this surge of female leaders serve as a manifestation of the long overdue elimination of sexism, or does it speak of a weariness of the world with the way men run politics? Almost four decades after the first popular movements to emancipate women from housework and provide equal education and universal suffrage, we may be finally witnessing the results of the seeds planted back in late 60s.

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