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Torild Skard

Torild Skard is a Norwegian senior researcher in women's studies. A pioneer in the women's movement nationally and internationally, Skard was a member of Parliament and the first female president of the Norwegian Upper House. She has also been director of the Status of Women in Unesco in Paris; regional director of Unicef in West and Central Africa; and director general in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has written numerous books and articles on women's issues, particularly women in politics. She has a master's degree in education from the University of Oslo.

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OSLO — The last year has brought troubling events for feminists who are striving to see more women win top political leadership positions. Two female presidents, Dilma Rousseff of Brazil and Park Guen-hye of South Korea, had to leave office …

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Hillary Clinton did not make it to the top, but Theresa May, the British prime minister, and Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, did. Since Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the world’s first female prime minister, in Sri Lanka in 1960, one-hundred women …

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