Thursday, July 7, 2011
Hopes for First Female Prime Minister in Thailand's Male Dominated Politics
VOAVideo: Hopes for First Female Prime Minister in Thailand's Male Dominated Politics
Thailand is set to have its first female Prime Minister in Yingluck Shinawatra, younger sister of ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Her victory as leader of the opposition Pheu Thai party has raised hopes that women can play a larger role in the country's male-dominated politics. But many question if she can emerge from her brother's shadow, let alone challenge Thai society's cultural and social barriers for women. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Bangkok.