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Women and Disarmament

By Dana Maria Tohme

Many claim that the rise of women in power positions can lead to a reduction of violence. Does this argument stem from the traditional role associated with women? Historically, a few female leaders were unorthodox and contradicted traditional gender norms through their ruthless and cruel style of leadership. Oeindrila Dube, a professor at the University of Chicago, explains that between 1480 and 1913, female monarchs (which only consisted of 18% of all monarchs) tended to engage in wars 27% more than male rulers [1]. However, Dube argues, that often these women participate in conflicts because they are viewed as inferior, vulnerable, and unfit merely because of their gender.

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