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 Anjali Bhatt 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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Training Is Only The First Step

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 16, 2016

By Anjali Bhatt

The 21st century has been marked by a renewed effort to increase women’s representation in politics, ranging from partisan programs to state and even nationwide efforts to expand the proportion of women in government. Representation2020 has been able to document these efforts, and follow programs around the country.

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#SummerofSuffrage

By Rachel Swack on June 10, 2016

By Rachel Swack and Xiaojing Zeng

Given that most women today have been able to vote their whole lives, it is easy to forget that it hasn’t always been that way. It wasn’t until 1920 that the United States finally passed the Nineteenth Amendment, which states that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 4, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 04, 2016

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Dear all,
This week has been a busy one - wedged between one daughter's graduation from college, another daughter's graduation from high school, and my own 30th college reunion! I have had a flurry of terrific meetings and conversations with many of you and I am feeling hopeful.

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