Meet the team: Louisa Sholar

By Louisa Sholar by on February 11, 2019

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My first understanding of gender quotas and their effect on women’s representation occurred in my political science research course. We were practicing with SPSS data software and our instructor had us run a test comparing the percentage of women in legislatures worldwide amongst countries with and without quotas. As the graph processed, we could see two distinct curves emerge— the line representing countries with quotas veered significantly upwards, showing the rapid difference in representation one institutionalized rule made. It was a clear, statistically-proven example of a concrete tool being used to successfully increase women’s participation in government, and although I was aware that other countries had varying levels of representation for women and minority groups, I had never considered that specific techniques to achieve parity could be used to advance those results.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 8, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 08, 2019

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(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Stephanie Pitcher plays with her daughters Penelope, 4, and Charlotte, 6, at a park near their home in Salt Lake City. Pitcher, a Democrat, won her seat in House District 40, is a prosecutor for Davis County and also works with the Utah Women's Coalition. Sheand Utah Rep. Craig Hall, R-West Valley City, are sponsoring a proposal that would enable candidates to use campaign funds to cover child-care expenses.
 
Dear friends,
 
There was a great piece in The Salt Lake City Tribune that reports on exactly the type of rule change that enables women to run & serve more effectively - RepresentWomen is working to broadcast examples of rules changes like this widely:

“Allowing parents to use campaign funds for child care, we will see a more diverse field of candidates,” said Payne, mother of four young children.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 1, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 01, 2019

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Dear all,
There has been a flurry of interest in Ranked Choice Voting this week including:
  • the NYC Charter Commission has included RCV in their list of recommendations - please contact the Commission directly if you are a New Yorker and would like to let them know why you support RCV - see this story in the Gotham Gazette
  • legislators in New Hampshire are considering using RCV for their presidential primary according to this story in AP
  • Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is testing the waters to run as an independent candidate for president - prompting a blizzard of commentary on social media pointing out the need for ranked choice voting and a number of good articles including this one by Rachel Kleinfield in The Hill and this one in The Economist

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 25, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 25, 2019

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Senators Kristin Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren
Dear fans of women's representation,
There are now four women running for the democratic presidential nomination along with a number of male hopefuls - multiple candidates who appeal to the same constituencies are a recipe for split votes and 'winners' who get a tiny percentage of the vote in key early contests. A number of state party chairs are open to the possibility of using a ranked ballot to ensure that candidates emerge with broad support. My husband Rob Richie and my friend Rep Jamie Raskin write about the crowded presidential primary field and the ranked choice voting today in The Hill:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 18, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 18, 2019

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Dear readers,

Each week brings a perplexing quandary for me - there is so, so much to report on about women's international representation and efforts to expand women's representation in the United States but there are also many projects/events/deadlines encroaching on my time that prevent me from doing an adequate job reporting on it all! My time is short again this week but here are a couple highlights!

The New York Times published portraits of 130 of the 131 women serving in the 116th Congress  - there was a nice piece in the Times describing the process and another great piece in Coieter by Bibi Deitz that captures the impact:

In a perfect world, Congress would have way more women and we wouldn’t be applauding the fact that they comprise almost a quarter of the House and Senate. But—baby steps. This term, women comprise close to 25 percent of Congress, which is still not enough, but it’s a good start.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 11, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 11, 2019

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Dear friends,
If you live in the area or are coming to Washington, DC next week please join an exciting conversation about women in politics hosted by Pantsuit Politics & Swanee Hunt. Here are the details:
  • Friday, January 18
  • 4-7pm
  • Frederick Douglass Hall of the Metropolitan AME Church
The program will feature a terrific lineup of speakers who bring diverse perspectives to this important work. Please use this Eventbrite invite to RSVP and email me with any questions! I hope to see many of you there!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 4, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 04, 2019

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Ms. Pelosi, surrounded by her grandchildren and the children of other members of Congress, on her first day as speaker in 2007. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times Read the full story

Dear women's representation allies,
My daughter and I spent most of the day on the Hill yesterday racing between the offices of new and returning members of Congress, dodging hoards of well-wishers, and find many familiar faces among the crowds - it was an amazing experience. The Washington Post captures the spirit of the day in this piece:

To the left of the dais — the Democratic side — the typical sea of men’s suit jackets was balanced by pops of green, blue and white worn by women. Bald heads alternated with bobbed haircuts. Scanning the rows, the record number of women and lawmakers of Hispanic, Asian and African American heritage who will serve this term was clear.

To the right of the dais — the Republican side — older white men occupied nearly every seat. Visually, granddaughters provided most of the contrast.

 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 28, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 28, 2018

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Hello friends,
It has been quite a year. It has been quite a year of challenges to democratic processes in the United States. It has been quite a year for women candidates and the individuals and organizations who have supported them. And it has been quite a year for women around the globe who are getting elected at higher rates than women in the US because rules & systems are in place in those nations that create more opportunities for women to run, win, serve, and lead.

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Meet the Team: Maryama Thiam

By Maryama Thiam on December 26, 2018

My name is Maryama Thiam, the daughter of immigrants from Senegal, a sophomore at Chesapeake Math and IT Academy, and the secretary of a non-profit organization, “Mothers Of Africa.” Despite attending a Math and IT school, my true passion is law and politics. As a child of immigrants from Africa, my household is always full of political debates. Even at a young age, my parents allowed me to listen to their debates and sometimes join in. I always enjoyed giving my opinion and having facts to back it up.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 21, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 21, 2018

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The Nevada legislature breaks a glass ceiling. Photo: Lance Iversen/AP/REX/Shutterstock
Dear friends,

It has been a great week for progress toward gender parity!

Nevada became the first state to have a majority female state legislature after Beatrice Duran was appointed to fill a vacant position according to this story in The New York Times:

As a single mother, Beatrice Duran never imagined that she would get involved in politics. When she moved to Las Vegas in 1985, her focus was on keeping “a solid job” as a food server to provide for her young daughter and, later, her son.

Opportunities to become involved in public life felt out of reach.

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