- Women in politics are making up for lost time, writes Sam Smethers
- But they make up only 23 percent of national legislators worldwide, she adds
Sam Smethers is the chief executive of the UK's Fawcett Society, the UK's oldest charity campaigning for women's rights and gender equality. Prior to that she was the chief executive of UK charity Grandparents Plus, worked for the statutory sex equality body, the Equal Opportunities Commission, and also worked in the UK parliament. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
Since this commentary was first published, two women -- Andrea Leadsom and Theresa May -- have been selected to contest the leadership of the UK's ruling Conservative Party, meaning that whoever wins will become the next prime minister.
(CNN)David Cameron will step down as UK prime minister after losing the Brexit referendum; Shinzo Abe's economic reforms are running out of steam in Japan; and male politicians as varied as Francois Hollande in France, Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto are struggling with their poll ratings. But clearly not so tough that they can't hog the limelight.