Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 12, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 12, 2019

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(The US women's soccer team after their win this week)
Dear friends,
As I am sure you've heard by now, the US women's soccer team won the World Cup this week in an exciting match against the Netherlands. While the struggle continues for equal pay for these incredible athletes their win is a testament to the impact of Title IX that's a terrific example of a systems reform that created equality of opportunity for women in sports and education. The New York Times reports on the team's triumph:

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Meet the Team: Marilyn

By Marilyn Harbert by on July 10, 2019

"Being a woman who wants to go into politics, I’ve always been acutely aware of the representation gap we face. However, I don’t think I truly saw all of the benefits increased representation can bring until this year."

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Meet the Team: Andrea

By Andrea Rebolledo by on July 09, 2019

"I remember that when I was in sixth grade, my teacher told me that I should stop being so “bossy”, otherwise people would not like me. After getting angry and complaining about why she didn’t say the same to the boys, one of my classmates called me a “feminist”. Neither of them meant those descriptions in a good way, obviously. The indignation I felt in that moment is something that has followed me throughout the years, motivating my decisions and actions. With time I learnt to not only appreciate the term “feminist”, but to use it as a banner."

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Meet the Team: Allison

By Allison Mackenzie by on July 08, 2019

"Being a female athlete all my life and now at the collegiate level, very few women have coached me. Yes, it is true that more and more women are coaching women, but people often forget that almost no women are coaching men. After playing basketball up until college, it had always stuck out to me is that there were little to none women coaching men’s basketball. In politics and athletics, there are too many firsts that have not occurred yet for women."

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 5, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 05, 2019

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(Dessert at the 4th of July party I attended in the northeast corner of India last night)
 
Hello all!
Another brief message tonight as I am still in India and have very limited access to WiFi! It has been another amazing week of meetings with heads of several states, incredible activists, and experts on governance and democracy. We spent July 3rd at the governor's mansion in the state of Meghalaya - a vestige of all the grandeur and contradictions of colonialism in India. Last night we celebrated Independence Day at the home of Hasina Kharbhib who started Impulse as a teenager! It was of course memorable to be with such a lively crowd of former colonists!

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Women's Representation in Costa Rica

By Louisa Sholar on July 03, 2019

"Legislative Assembly President Carolina Hidalgo (third from left) and leadership" (Legislative Assembly via The Tico Times)

While there are several reasons I believe in efforts to support female candidates, my semester abroad in Costa Rica gave me a new perspective on gender parity pursuits. Studying their electoral system and gender quota laws prompted me to consider what institutional reforms would look like in the United States and strengthened my dedication to advocacy surrounding this topic. 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 28, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 28, 2019

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Dearest friends,
I have been in India for a week now but it feels like much longer - each day has been packed with such interesting meetings with government officials, news executives, educators, health experts and others. We've also toured many a monument, mosque, and temple and at each I find throngs of girls who want to talk and take selfies. They are a constant reminder of the importance and urgency of the work we all are doing on behalf of women and girls - and everyone - everywhere.
We've also met with some amazing women's representation advocates including Swati Maliwal who is the head of the Delhi Commission for Women - she is an incredible young woman.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 21, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 21, 2019

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Good evening friends!
I am about to board a flight to London and then on to India and my computer keeps crashing so this week's missive will really be brief!
Our friends at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation teamed up with the terrific Women & Politics Institute at American University to launch Gender on the Ballot:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 14, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 14, 2019

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(Calling for change: A rally for gender equality on International Women's Day in Kiev, Ukraine)
Dear sisters,
I am out of time and energy this Friday evening so I will just share a few stories this week.
This headline from the World Economic Forum article "There isn't a single country on track to make the UN's targets for gender equality" offers a challenge to all of us to re-double our efforts, consider new strategies, and demand an end to the status quo:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 26, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 26, 2019

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Newly elected Tampa mayor Jane Castor
Dear gender parity enthusiasts!

Tampa, Florida elected its first LGBT woman mayor this week according to this story on ABC.com - she joins 37 openly LGBT mayors nationwide:

Jane Castor made history Tuesday, becoming the first openly LGBTQ mayor elected to lead Tampa, Florida.
With endorsements from organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights, like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Florida Action PAC, Castor joins a growing number of openly LGBTQ elected officials nationwide.

According to the Victory Institute's Out for America database, which tracks LGBTQ representation among elected officials, just 0.13% of elected officials nationwide identify as LGBTQ. That's compared to about 4.5% of U.S. adults in 2017, according to a Gallup poll.

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