France's First Woman President, Just One Election Away
France moved another step closer to electing its first woman president when Socialist candidate and self-declared feminist Segolene Royal became one of two final contenders in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday. She will face off against conservative candidate Nicholas Sarkozy in the May 6 final election.
Royal won 25 percent of the vote, while Sarkozy garnered 30 percent in last weekend’s election between 12 candidates. The two have already begun competing to attract the 18 percent of voters who cast ballots for the third-place candidate, centrist Francois Bayrou, now eliminated from the race. A televised debate between Royal and Sarkozy is scheduled for May 2.
Royal has run a populist campaign with an emphasis on participatory democracy and women’s rights. "There is a strong correlation between the status of a woman and the state of justice or injustice in a country," she said in her nomination acceptance speech, drawing cheers.
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .