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


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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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 14, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 14, 2018


(Representative Elise Stefanik)
Hello friends,
There was a very interesting story from Roll Call that covers Rep Elise Stefanik's focus on supporting republican women in primaries and securing early contributions from PACs to make their races viable:

New York Rep. Elise Stefanik recruited more than 100 women as the first female head of recruitment at the National Republican Congressional Committee. But only one of them prevailed, with many failing to make it through their primaries.


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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 7, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 07, 2018


(Mary Hughes and I met to conspire at the Claremont Hotel and soaked in this incredible sunset)

Dear friends,

Last week I wrote to you from northern California and I am still in California! It has been a busy week of racing around the Bay Area for terrific meetings with allies & reformers. A number of you wrote last week that you would like to get plugged into the systems reform work - my goal for 2019 is to make that happen! Stay tuned for more on that!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 30, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 30, 2018


Good evening friends! 

This week’s missive will be a photo essay of sorts & an invitation! I am on the Pacific coast meeting with election reform advocates. The room is filled with mostly men who have gathered in this beautiful spot to discuss the voting system reforms that are electing more women to office in the US & around the globe.


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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 21, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 21, 2018


(from Signe Wilkinson - Quaker cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News & Philadelphia Inquirer - yeah Quakers!)
Good afternoon my friends,
I thought I would post just a few stories this week as I know many of us in the United States may be busy with family or with travel or be taking a break from the constant pull of the news cycle and our work for equality.
For the latest update on wins and losses for women candidates please listen to this interview, which is part of the Governing podcast series, with the uber-knowledgeable Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 16, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 16, 2018


(This cover from the New Yorker captures the election results - I happened to be sleeping on the couch of a dear friend who is an editor there and she handed me my very own copy)
Dear friends,
(Shirley Chisholm)
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm's historic election to Congress as the first African American woman to serve in the US House of Representatives - now half a century later, women of color comprise a large percentage of the women democrats in the House.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 9, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 09, 2018


(Glamour Magazine article on historic 'firsts' for women's representation)

My dear women's representationists,
This week's missive will be short and sweet as I know we are all inundated with information and news!
There were indeed a lot of new faces and MANY 'firsts' elected to Congress and state houses this week with votes in some states still being tallied - that's the great news, but republican women's representation fell in Congress and that will remain a challenge for the short term at least. The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Center for American Women and Politics have of course done a great job tracking the results and here is where things stand at the moment:
  • 9 women will serve as governors 6D, 3R
  • 22 women serve in the U.S. Senate 16D, 6R
  • 101 women will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives 88D, 13R
  • US now ranks 75th among nations - tied with Bulgaria - in 1998 US ranked 60th

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Election Eve 2018 Update: Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 5, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 05, 2018


Dear friends and allies,
Before the final frenzy of GOTV and the inevitable coverage of close wins and losses and the discussion of what it all means for our democracy, I wanted to take a moment to thank all the terrific candidates and the groups and individuals who have helped them make this year a milestone for women candidates.
Thank you.
Thanks to the candidates, thanks to all of you who have supported the candidates, thanks to the many organizations who have identified & guided the candidates, thanks to all the donors who have helped to make their campaigns viable, and thanks to all those who have supported their wives/mothers/daughters/sisters as they run for office.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 26, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 26, 2018


(former Ambassador now president of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewde)
Dear women's representation community members,
AfricaNews reported this week on the selection of Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde as Ethiopia's first woman president:          

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.

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