Women are making inroads in the government of Bahrain, a tiny Persian Gulf country that first gave women the right to vote and stand as candidates in national elections after the constitution was amended in 2002. Yesterday Bahrain’s government appointed its first woman judge.

The country, with a population of 700,000 is lead by two women ministers in the current government. And, in the upcoming parliamentary elections, twenty-one women candidates will be on the ballot. (AP)

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