Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 3, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 03, 2021

Many women around the world—as with these traders in Liberia—work in the informal economy (ImageArc/shutterstock.com)

 
Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Those who are concerned about the health of democracy in the United States - which I believe should be all of us - would do well to read this sharp piece by 

Irune Aguirrezabal about a new social contract based on meeting the needs of women:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 26, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 26, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation, 
I suspect many readers in the United States are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family this weekend so I will keep this missive short & sweet!
In August my daughters and I drove to North Carolina to visit RepresentWomen's artist in residence, Melanie Humble. As we drove south, we listened to Braiding Sweetgraass by Robin Wall Kimmerer -- a member of Potawatomi Nation. Through the author's rich storytelling we learned about the Thanksgiving Prayer, recited by the six nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) at the opening and closing of meetings:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 19, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 19, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation and gender balance in politics,
This week has been a busy one in Washington, DC with important discussions about redistricting on Capitol Hill, in-person fundraising events with democracy advocates, and the launch of More Voice DC in support of ranked choice voting for the District of Columbia. This morning I spoke at a press conference in support of the RCV measure introduced by council member Christina Henderson and joined dozens of other supporters in testifying before the DC  Council in support of the VOICE Act:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 12, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 12, 2021

Jeannette Rankin painted by Melanie Humble
Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
On November 10, 1916 Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the United States Congress. Rankin was elected from a multi-seat district but served just one term because Democrats switched to single winner districts while she was in office making it all but impossible for her to win re-election in 1918. Rankin, a devoted suffragist and pacifist, ran again and served a second term from 1941-1943:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 5, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 05, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Nearly a century after the first woman was elected to the NYC council, women now hold 61% of the seats and the majority of those women are young women of color. Ranked choice voting was a key ingredient to women's electoral success in 1937 and in 2021. 
As my colleague Courtney Lamendola puts it "one of the most promising aspects of ranked-choice voting comes down to how it redefines "electability" for women candidates. While voters and party leaders might otherwise worry about multiple women candidates running against one another in a winner-take-all election, in RCV elections, multiple women can run without splitting the vote, which has had a positive effect on the number of women running and winning in ranked-choice voting elections."

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 29, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 29, 2021

Greta Thunberg, painted by Melanie Humble
Dear friends,
Over the coming weeks advocates, experts, and elected officials will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26, an annual United Nations summit on climate change. My daughter Becca Richie will be there with her colleagues from Climate Clock to help pressure nations to commit to immediate and impactful measures to address the existential threats to our climate and planet. 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 22, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 22, 2021

Dear friends,
The Ascend Fund announced grants this week to groups in Washington Michigan, and Mississippi to advance women's representation in state legislatures. This is a terrific example of investing in strategies to better understand the best practices to get to gender balance in politics in our lifetimes. Barbara Rodriguez, wrote this article in The 19th* about the grants that features comments from Ascend Fund director Abbie Hodgson:

A Seattle-based fund is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into recruiting women to run for statehouse seats in three states, part of its effort to close the gender gap in American politics.

The group, called the Ascend Fund, announced Tuesday that it has awarded $600,000 to 13 nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations that will work to recruit and train statehouse candidates from across the political spectrum in Michigan, Mississippi and Washington. The groups will receive grant funding of $15,000 to $100,000, with an average award of $50,000.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 15, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 15, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Each week brings a new reminder that when there is not an intentional effort to ensure that women are nominated for positions & awards the male status quo fills the void. According to this article on Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Media platform, just one woman has been granted a Nobel prize in 2021 and scientists are concerned that women were passed over despite their many contributions:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 8,

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 08, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Women face steep barriers when running for executive offices in the United States so it is no surprise that of the 2,573 people who have served as governor in U.S. history only 45 have been women and only 9 women are currently in office. Liz Crampton wrote an interesting piece this week in Politico about efforts by both major parties to increase the number of women in statewide executive office:

The struggle across parties for women to rise to the top within states speaks to the inherent bias against women that persists in politics. Research shows that women have to be more likeable, raise more money and generally work harder than their male counterparts in order to win. That’s why both the Democratic and Republican parties have vowed to invest more money and resources into supporting women gunning for governor in 2022.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 1, 2021

By RepresentWomen on October 02, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,

We are excited to share that RepresentWomen is growing! As Cynthia is away this week, this Weekend Reading is brought to you by our team. 

First up, we have a piece from Katie Usalis, our Outreach Coordinator: 

I recently asked a friend of mine why she thought there were so few women in politics. Her response was that it’s probably because politics just isn’t the place for women, that it’s more of a “man thing.” Recent research in the American Political Science Review reveals that these beliefs don’t exist by accident, but that girls are socialized to lose political ambition from a very young age.  The 19th*’s Barbara Rodriguez met with one of the authors to talk about how deep gender bias runs in American politics:

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