By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 16, 2018
(Glamour Magazine article on historic 'firsts' for women's representation)
The influential Addis Standard cited top government officials as confirming that Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, a top official with the United Nations, UN, was due to be Mulatu’s replacement.
Zewde was until recently, the UN Director General at its offices in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She is currently the Special representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union, AU.
Sahle-work has a rich ambassadorial track record having served as Ethiopian ambassador to several countries previously. Her resignation from the UN role this week is said to be to allow her take the new position of president.
She is all set to be the first woman president of Ethiopia, but only after the joint session of the two legislative houses vote her to the role tomorrow. The vote is seen as a mere formality.
What are those women thinking?
The ones who cheered President Trump’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi, tweeted #HimToo in support of their sons who might one day be, in their eyes, unfairly accused of assault?
On the left, they’re being reviled as gender traitors, depicted as betraying the sisterhood and acting against their own best interests. The Democrats’ hope for a blue wave rests on female voters coming out to register their displeasure with the president’s party. Women will be acting as a political force.
Each weekday, after work and just before dark, there is a small window during which—as a candidate for a House seat in Connecticut’s state legislature—I have a precious few hours to knock on doors and introduce myself to voters.
It isn’t uncommon for me to have my 3-year-old daughter, Parker, in tow. The reason: I can’t always afford a babysitter.
Hello! My name is Jiakun ‘Jack’ Li, the new research intern at RepresentWomen. I am a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University Applied Economics Program, a teaching assistant at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for Macroeconomics, and a research assistant on STATA programming and code replication for Assistant Professor Ryan Kim at SAIS. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, a city bursting with endless nightlife and countless entertainment. After work, I enjoy trying out new restaurants (I appreciate all types of cuisine, especially Chinese, Thai and Italian), working out, playing board games (Settler of Catan) and watching GoT/West World. In addition, I love learning new languages (Spanish in progress) and hope to achieve Italian or Portuguese next.
In January 2017, I landed in Washington, D.C. and I witnessed the historical outcome of the 2016 presidential election. I was deeply struck due to the subsequent influence of politics on people’s daily lives, such as the 2018 Tax Reform and the termination of DACA program, which strengthened my interest in politics and led to the research internship at RepresentWomen.
When I signed up for “Theories of International Relations” last year, I never expected to learn as much about feminism as I did. And yet, while sitting in my first class, I was introduced to the works of J. Ann Tickner – a feminist IR theorist who argues that omitting women from political theory leads to women being omitted from political practice. Through that class, I learned that there are structural causes for the underrepresentation of women in politics, and that this is evident not only in the makeup of our leaders, but also in how our future leaders are being taught.
Studying Tickner motivated me to learn more about what can be done to remove the barriers that prevent women from being elected into office. Because representation matters. Whether it’s a name on a book or a ballot, representation encourages participation – and I strongly believe that it is necessary to create more opportunities for women to be representatives in this country. What I did not anticipate, was how quickly I would find this opportunity.