Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 16, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 16, 2019


(From East Asia Forum)
Hello friends!
This will be a super short rendition as there isn't a whole lot of news to report that I can find easily and my now-adult children are all home this weekend and a few of them are cooking dinner tonight so I am due at home!
But here are a couple stories to keep you company over Saturday morning tea or coffee!
There was a fascinating story from the East Asia Forum on the move toward gender quotas for pacific island nations - I long for this sort of sophisticated conversations about gender targets for recruitment and donations in the US:

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 9, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 09, 2019


“The enemy is not men. The enemy is the concept of patriarchy, the concept of patriarchy as the way to run the world or do things.”   Toni Morrison
Hello friends,
As I am certain you all know, the noted American author Toni Morrison died this week at the age of 88. The New York Times wrote about her life and work:

Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate in literature whose best-selling work explored black identity in America — and in particular the often crushing experience of black women — through luminous, incantatory prose resembling that of no other writer in English, died on Monday in the Bronx. She was 88.

Her death, at Montefiore Medical Center, was announced by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. A spokeswoman said the cause was complications of pneumonia. Ms. Morrison lived in Grand View-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 2, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 02, 2019


Nakuru County Chief office in charge of Gender, Culture and Social Services, Tume Abduba speaking at Regina Pacis Elimu School on July 4, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
Dear friends and allies,
The first article to catch my eye this week was this very interesting one in the Daily Nation about the opportunities and challenges of using gender quotas to advance women's representation in Kenya - the students in the accompanying photo (above) are so clear-eyed and beautiful I thought they'd be a good talisman for us:
Gender quotas have for long been used as a vehicle to ensure women’s representation in politics. In Kenya, gender quotas were introduced by the 2010 Constitution. Although there is a considerable number of women in politics as a result, the two-thirds gender rule as stipulated in the Constitution is yet to be implemented.

Read more

Women's Representation in Chile: Comparative Analysis of Gender Balance Legislation in Chile and Bolivia

By Cynthia Richie Terrell by on July 29, 2019

Chile is the country with the highest GDP per capita and Human Development Index in South America, yet it was one of the last countries to enact a gender quota law in the region. Though higher levels of economic development should be paired with greater gender parity, the reality is that Chile ranks 84th in the world in terms of the percentage of women in Congress, with just 23 percent in the Lower and Upper Houses.

"Moneda"by TheFutureIsUnwritten is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Read more

The next set of Democratic debates are coming up. Here’s something to keep in mind.

By Gilda Geist by on July 29, 2019

"Rally at US Sen 0197 Senator Elizabeth Warren" by mdfriendofhillary is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
"U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at L.A.'s Families Belong Together March" by lukeharold is licensed under CC CC0 1.0

Less than three years after the 2016 presidential election, a pattern is already emerging. Once again, we’re seeing intelligent, qualified women candidates being snubbed by voters who can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that a woman can be president.

In his recent opinion piece in The Washington Post, Robert J. Samuelson claims that though the 2020 Democratic candidates were “articulate,” “intelligent,” and “ambitious … without seeming too egotistical or ruthless,” none of them “seemed ‘presidential.’” But if not intelligence and ambition, what makes a candidate seem presidential? There are many answers, but the one that stands out in a presidential election cycle with a historical number of women candidates is gender. 

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 26, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 26, 2019


(Photos by Justin Sullivan and Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
Dear friends,
The Pew Research Center released data this week on attitudes toward women as candidates for the presidency and overall the trend is positive for women's leadership though some differences persist along partisan lines. Interestingly, those surveyed believe that women face barriers when running for office - addressing structural barriers is of course central to the mission of RepresentWomen:


Read more

Interview with Pantsuit Politics

By NationBuilder Support by on July 25, 2019

At a time when political tensions are high and the number of women in elected office is low, I asked Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers, the hosts of the podcast Pantsuit Politics, for their takes on how partisanship and women’s representation influence one another. With Holland on the left side of the political spectrum and Silvers on the right, the show features what their website calls, “grace-filled political conversations.” Since Holland and Silvers have been talking politics (politely) on the air since November 2015, they seemed like the perfect people to ask about where our society’s political conversations are taking us in terms of women’s representation.


infogram_0_019cddd0-a145-44cd-91e1-2dc95a7f1445Republican Womenhttps://e.infogram.com/js/dist/embed.js?yGvtext/javascript 

Read more

What we can learn from women leaders in Indonesia

By NationBuilder Support by on July 25, 2019

The RepresentWomen team met with a group of politically engaged women from Indonesia this week. They were visiting the United States as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which connects current and aspiring politicians abroad with their American counterparts. We were happy to sit down with these women to discuss women’s political participation and representation in our respective countries.

Read more

Theresa May: More than just a failed Brexit deal

By NationBuilder Support by on July 24, 2019

"UK offered Nissan $100 million to ease its Brexit fears" by Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

"UK offered Nissan $100 million to ease its Brexit fears" by Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Love her or hate her, today Theresa May tendered her resignation to the Queen and stepped down as U.K. Prime Minister. With net favorability ratings in the U.K. lower than U.S. President Donald Trump, many people will celebrate her departure. But as a strong advocate for gender parity in the Conservative Party and a female head of government when the world is short quite a few, she should be missed.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 19, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 19, 2019


Happy 171st Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Convention,

Today marks the 171st anniversary of a milestone in the conversation about women's equality in the United States. According to this post from the National Park Service the conversation was heated - matching the outside temps - as participants debated competing strategies to advance women's equality. Was it best to push for full voting rights or pursue other tactics. In many respects this important dialogue about strategy continues. I believe that we owe a debt to those early advocates to continue to think outside the box about what is possible and what is necessary:

Read more