Making Women in Politics a Norm

By Braema Mathi

March 2021 COVER STORY
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A WOMAN’S INITIATION into politics is as crucial as it is demanding. In celebration of International Women’s Day, Penang Monthly sits down over Zoom with four of Malaysia’s highly regarded women politicians, Yeo Bee Yin, Nurul Izzah, Kasthuri Patto and Hannah Yeoh.Each recalls her difficult political journey on a patriarchal playing field, learning to dismantle gender typecasts and handle with grace the barbs and criticisms lobbed their way and, not least of all, dealing with imposter syndrome1.Yeo Bee YinYeo Bee...

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Braema Mathi

is a visiting senior research fellow at Penang Institute. She is from Singapore and she loves the hills, the rivers and trekking – all of which are plentiful in Penang.