168th Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 19, 2016

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July 19th marks the 168th anniversary of the first day of the Seneca Falls Convention. We often hear about the Founding Fathers of our country, but what about the Founding Mothers in the fight for women’s rights?

This is not to say that the fight for women’s rights started with the Seneca Falls Convention. It was, however, one of the first events that jump-started national support for women’s rights in a cohesive manner.

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Where Are The Transgender Women In Government?

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 19, 2016

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​While women, especially women of color, are undoubtedly underrepresented in all levels of American democracy, one group with an even lower level of representation in government is the transgender community. Though there is little data on the number of transgender people in the United States, a study by the Williams Institute of UCLA places the number at an estimated 0.6% of adults, or 1.4 million Americans.

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Elect and Protect Women Today

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 08, 2016

By Maddie Kane

This summer marks a celebratory 97th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. The 19th amendment granted (many, but not all) women the right to vote. This was a milestone piece of legislation that not only legitimized women’s opinions but also functioned as a cause which united women together.

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Where does the US stand on gender quotas?

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 08, 2016

By Maddie Kane

Nausheen Khan’s article, titled “Women’s Political Representation: Where Are We Today?”, is a retrospective piece that looks at the progress and potential of women’s representation from the last 20 years at a global level. She primarily focuses on quantitative research to show that we still have a tremendous amount of work in order to reach Goal 3 of the Millennium Development Goals

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 8, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 08, 2016

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Dear all,
The recent tumult in electoral outcomes and violence in our communities underscores for me the imperative of representative government. While it is not a salve for all the pain and hurt and fear swirling in and around our borders, I believe that a thriving democracy is an essential component of efforts to build a more just world.

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Electing Women Leaders

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 30, 2016

By Anjali Bhatt

On Wednesday, June 29th, the Wilson Center hosted an event called “Electing Women Leaders,” which featured Michelle Bekkering, Director of Global Initiatives and Senior Gender Advisor at the International Republican Institute, Sandra Pepera, Director of Gender, Women and Democracy at the National Democratic Institute, and Jessica Reis, Vice President of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

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Pennsylvania Ranks in the Bottom 5 in Terms of Gender Parity in 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 24, 2016

By Madeline Kane

In 1993, Pennsylvania ranked 49th in the nation, with a Gender Parity Score of 3.4 out of 100. In 2016 it ranks slightly better at 46th, with a gender parity score of 9.6 out of 100. Men continue to hold all 20 of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. House and Senate. In its history, Pennsylvania has never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate and has elected only seven women to the House. In 2014, Pennsylvanians did not elect any women to Congress for the first time in the 21st century. No woman has served as governor in Pennsylvania, but four have been elected state treasurer.

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