India’s Parliament Elects First Woman Speaker

India’s lower house of parliament elected a woman as its speaker Wednesday, a first in the male-dominated chamber’s history. Meira Kumar is also a member of the “untouchable” Dalit class, the lowest rung in the centuries-old caste system in the country.The speaker conducts the proceedings of the house. She will preside over 543 elected members, of which 58 are women.Read

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