Absolutely. Luckily, the lists of candidates include many very capable women. We’re not saying you should vote for just any woman, but encouraging you to find out who appeals to you most and has the qualities you believe are important in a politician.

In that sense, the person’s gender definitely matters—our background and experiences shape our perception of society. Women experience things differently from men, simply because of their different social status and role. Their experiences and perspective deserve to be heard as well. That’s why it’s so important for our elected politicians to represent society as a whole.