Women Who Have Shaped Modern Politics

Throughout centuries, women have played an important role in politics. In the last 100 years we have witnessed women who have risen to high political posts in their countries, enabling them to influence and shape domestic and international affairs. Today, in the era of Brexit and uncertainty facing Britain and Europe, Theresa May and Angela Merkel play a pivotal role in how events will unfold. In this course, we will examine nine women from across the globe who, either as elected politicians, or spouses, have left their mark in history.

Featuring subject matter expert

Rachel Sylvester
Rachel Sylvester

Columnist at The Times

Rachel Sylvester is a political columnist at The Times. She started writing about politics in 1996 and was a lobby correspondent on The Daily Telegraph before becoming political editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Course Overview

  • Observe how women were empowered during the 20th century to voice their political opinion.
  • Perceive the rise of the spouses and daughters of male politicians who found a path to power.
  • Uncover female politicians in developing countries, as well as those in western-style democracies.
  • Find out how women in politics have long been subjected to criticism, controversy, and threats.
Course content
  • 10 Full HD Video Lectures
  • Downloadable Course Handouts
  • Knowledge Assessment Quiz
  • Interactive Group Discussion Task
  • Q&A Session with a Subject Matter Expert
  • Certificate of Achievement

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