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Taiwan narrowing gender gap, but patriarchy lives on

More women are winning political office, despite obstacles

Lai Pin-yu, in full cosplay mode, campaigns with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December just two weeks before becoming the island's youngest-ever legislator at 27. (Courtesy of the Office of Lai Pin-yu)   

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, took a break from her reelection campaign in late December to stump for a coalition of young progressive legislative candidates known as the Front Line. Donning a black bomber jacket at the center of a crowded stage, Tsai expressed her support for Lai Pin-yu, a 27-year-old DPP candidate standing at her side, smilingly describing her as "dressing differently than traditional candidates."

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