Across the region women are seeing the gains they thought they had secured wiped out.
Women U.S. Senators and the women who help run this governing branch made headlines recently for a seemingly mundane task: they came to work after a blizzard dumped more than two feet of snow on the nation's capital.
Women are underrepresented in 145 out of 145 countries.
Narrative is a deeply engrained cultural process that defines, inflicts and enforces taboos against ambitious women. The narrative of a mom heading off to Harvard Law School was never going to fly.
"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "
Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.