The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction: Centering Women’s Voices in the Literary World

By Laura DeMarco on March 17, 2021

“There are chapters in every life which are seldom read, and certainly not aloud.”


So wrote Carol Shields in her award-winning novel, The Stone Diaries. And like many great authors, she was right in more ways than one. Specifically, the “seldom read” chapters are often those written by women. Throughout her long and lauded career, Shields had an unmatched commitment to highlighting the voices and work of women writers. In her memory the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction has been created to acknowledge, celebrate and promote women writers from America and Canada 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 12, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 12, 2021

World map of women's representation from Inter-Parliamentary Union & UNWomen
Dear fans of women's representation,
The incredible team at the Inter-Parliamentary Union released their 2021 map and report on international women's representation this week in advance of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. According to the press release from the IPU,  the map "shows the latest data on women’s participation in political decision-making, including the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, the global share of women Ministers, Speakers of parliament and parliamentarians." 


The data that the IPU collects is invaluable and helps to fuel our understanding of the rules and systems that are accelerating the increase in women's representation around the globe. Note the use of proportional voting systems and gender quotas in most of the top ranked countries - as a reminder, the United States has dropped from 48th to 67th over the last two decades - to see the full list of countries click here.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 5, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 05, 2021

Women's History Month - from the team at RepresentWomen
Happy Women's History Month!
Women's History Month & International Women's Day - which is on March 8th - are both great opportunities to highlight the importance of women's representation and equality. While there has been progress toward gender balance in the United States, I find it staggering that the U.S. ranks about 70th among nations for women's representation - alongside Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Countries ranked above the United States are electing more women - faster - by focusing on institutional reforms which create more opportunities for all women to run, win, serve, and lead. 


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Addressing Ableism: Why We Need More Disabled Representatives

By Laura DeMarco by on March 01, 2021

Author’s Note: Many disabled people choose to use identity-first language (“disabled people”). In contrast, others prefer person-first language (“person with a disability.”). This blog post mostly uses identity-first language. However, it is a personal decision, and I wish to stress the importance of respecting the individual choices of people with disabilities. Thank you.

Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 26, 2021

Zoraya Hightower co-chair of Better Ballot Burlington, courtesy of The Fulcrum
Dear friends,
The hours of daylight are growing here in the mid-Atlantic and I am eager to get my seeds in the ground which seems like a perfect metaphor for the work we are all doing to advance women's leadership and representative democracy - planting ideas that will eventually grow and flourish.

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Black History Month: Black Women’s Political Representation

By Cameryn Chan by on February 25, 2021

Dear Friends,

It’s Black History Month! Lets celebrate our nation’s history and heroes by taking a look at political achievements Black women have accomplished within the year. Black women have scored landmark achievements this year and it is important that these women get the coverage they deserve.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 19, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 19, 2021


Dear women's representation enthusiasts,
One of the best parts of writing this blog each week is finding pieces that challenge paradigms and bring fresh energy to the push for women's representation and equality. This article on Medium by Kristin Hull offers a great set of tools to help us all dismantle the patriarchy:

I used to give up wine or cocktails, and when I was younger, chocolate. With everything going on in our world, giving up alcohol or sweets seems so 2019. Last year in 2020 — and again this year — I am giving up the patriarchy for Lent.

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Meet the Team: Natalia

By RepresentWomen by on February 12, 2021

Natalia Tu is a research intern at RepresentWomen and a current senior at Carleton College majoring in Sociology and Anthropology. Her passion for women’s rights and representation drew her to RepresentWomen, and she is excited to focus her research efforts on gender parity in government on an international-level, specifically in East and Southeast Asian countries. In addition to her research interests, Natalia enjoys hiking and listening to true crime podcasts!

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Meet the Team: Molly

By Molly Taylor by on February 12, 2021


Molly Taylor, a rising freshman at Princeton University, is elated to serve as a communications intern at RepresentWomen. Interested in public policy and journalism, she looks forward to promoting RepresentWomen’s research and democracy reforms that will help the U.S. achieve gender parity. In her free time, Molly enjoys discovering new podcasts and playing in the snow with her black lab.

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Meet the Team: Meaghan

By Meaghan Shea by on February 12, 2021

Meaghan Shea is an outreach and advocacy intern for RepresentWomen and a current junior at Marist College studying political science and philosophy. She is a quadruplet, born in New York City and raised in Warwick, New York, with her three brothers. Meaghan intends to graduate from Marist early and move to DC as soon as possible. She may not have a linear career path in mind but is passionate about advocacy and reform to ensure that our government is best equipped to be the most representative of its people.

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