“Eighty-nine is the number of nations that still surpass the U.S. in terms of women’s representation in government”. In this article it is mentioned various times that the U.S. is continuing to fall behind other countries with the progress of women in our government. A fact that supports that our country is falling behind is that the article mentions that for decades now within the U.S., female participation in political and business leadership has consistently stagnated around 18%. This is extremely concerning because it shows that no progress has been made at all due to many factors. In the article it states that one reason women in politics is so low is because women are too busy upholding both careers and the majority of household responsibilities. This is a controversy because women are trying to move past there role as just being a stay at home mom that takes care of the children. There are many purposes of this article. One main purpose I believe is to show that women are at a clear disadvantage in politics in the U.S.A. and some of the reasons are from past beliefs from people. Another purpose is to show that the U.S. is falling behind majorly and to keep up with other countries needs to find a new method to include both men and women in politics. I believe that the targeted audience is high school students to anyone of older age. People should know and understand U.S. politics and who is running there country and the reasons for it. This article was effective because it talks about something that people need to know more about.