Author: Frances Rosenbluth, Joshua Kalla, & Dawn Teele | Formal barriers to women’s participation in politics are slowly disappearing, but a glass ceiling still remains. This report reflects survey results from 84 countries around the world designed to understand the obstacles women face in launching and sustaining successful political careers. The results of the study find that some of the most common challenges women face include public-private life balance, lack of support networks, lack of fundraising opportunities, and negative media portrayal.