Ukrainian PM: Politics “not women’s business”

For anyone who just can’t wait any longer for the premier of the next season of Mad Men, the next best thing might be following the Ukrainian political scene. Not to be outdone by President Yanukovich, who told Yulia Tymoshenko during a February campaign event that she should either take responsibility for herself or "demonstrate ...

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For anyone who just can't wait any longer for the premier of the next season of Mad Men, the next best thing might be following the Ukrainian political scene.

Not to be outdone by President Yanukovich, who told Yulia Tymoshenko during a February campaign event that she should either take responsibility for herself or "demonstrate her whims in the kitchen," last Friday Prime Minister Mykola Azorov declared that:

Some say our government is too large; others that there are no women.... There's no one to look at during cabinet sessions: they're all boring faces. With all respect to women, conducting reforms is not women's business."

For anyone who just can’t wait any longer for the premier of the next season of Mad Men, the next best thing might be following the Ukrainian political scene.

Not to be outdone by President Yanukovich, who told Yulia Tymoshenko during a February campaign event that she should either take responsibility for herself or "demonstrate her whims in the kitchen," last Friday Prime Minister Mykola Azorov declared that:

Some say our government is too large; others that there are no women…. There’s no one to look at during cabinet sessions: they’re all boring faces. With all respect to women, conducting reforms is not women’s business."

At the very least, Yanukovich and Azorov are true to their word: there’s not a single woman to be found among the government’s cabinet ministers. I wonder what Alexandra Starr would have to say about this.

Peter Williams is an editorial researcher at FP.

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