Could Ranked Choice Voting Solve the Two-Party Loop in Puerto Rico?

By RepresentWomen on March 30, 2021

By Angie Gomez

Since the first local elections in 1948, politics in Puerto Rico have long been defined by two political parties, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and the New Progressive Party (PNP), with smaller, third parties being largely locked out of leadership positions. In total, 13 governors have led the island, and all have come from either the PPD or PNP. Six governors have been elected from the PPD, including the first woman to hold the position, Sila María Calderón. From the PNP, six have also been elected but after former governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned in 2019, Wanda Vázquez assumed the office and became the first woman governor from the PNP. 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 26, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 26, 2021

Portraits painted by Melanie Humble of women leaders including: Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Warren, Fannie Lou Hamer, Condi Rice, Coretta Scott King, Ashley Judd, Frances Munoz, Tina Tchen, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm, Michelle Obama, & Tammy Duckworth
Dear friends,
As Women's History Month comes to a close I thought I would begin and end with portraits of a few of the women leaders who have, as Alice Paul suggested "added their stone to the mosaic" of the movement for women's equality. I am feeling more impatient with the status quo and more eager, than ever, to understand the best practices to get more women into positions of power & to support efforts to implement those best practices in the United States.

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Argentina Proves the Importance of Representation and Social Activism

By RepresentWomen on March 24, 2021

By Julia Tallant 

“La Campaña en el ENM 2011 Bariloche” byHipólita is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The recent legalization of abortion in Argentina affirmed its position as a regional leader in progressive social policy and underscored the importance of women politicians in these legislative advances. The success of this progressive legislation comes after the coalescence of the feminist civil society movement and the growing numbers of women legislators.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 19, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 19, 2021

Democratic lawmakers - wearing white suits in honor of the Suffragists - most of whom were Republicans - stand on the Capitol steps in Washington on Wednesday after passing a joint resolution to remove the Equal Rights Amendment deadline. NBCNews
Dear fans of women's representation.
The House of Representatives voted this week to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which expired in 2019 according to this story on NBC News:
The House passed a resolution Wednesday to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — just weeks after a federal judge ruled that time had already run out.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said the passage of her joint resolution by a vote of 222-204 made it clear that "there can be no expiration date on equality."

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The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction: Centering Women’s Voices in the Literary World

By Laura DeMarco on March 17, 2021

“There are chapters in every life which are seldom read, and certainly not aloud.”


So wrote Carol Shields in her award-winning novel, The Stone Diaries. And like many great authors, she was right in more ways than one. Specifically, the “seldom read” chapters are often those written by women. Throughout her long and lauded career, Shields had an unmatched commitment to highlighting the voices and work of women writers. In her memory the Carol Shields Prize for Fiction has been created to acknowledge, celebrate and promote women writers from America and Canada 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 12, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 12, 2021

World map of women's representation from Inter-Parliamentary Union & UNWomen
Dear fans of women's representation,
The incredible team at the Inter-Parliamentary Union released their 2021 map and report on international women's representation this week in advance of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. According to the press release from the IPU,  the map "shows the latest data on women’s participation in political decision-making, including the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, the global share of women Ministers, Speakers of parliament and parliamentarians." 


The data that the IPU collects is invaluable and helps to fuel our understanding of the rules and systems that are accelerating the increase in women's representation around the globe. Note the use of proportional voting systems and gender quotas in most of the top ranked countries - as a reminder, the United States has dropped from 48th to 67th over the last two decades - to see the full list of countries click here.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 5, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 05, 2021

Women's History Month - from the team at RepresentWomen
Happy Women's History Month!
Women's History Month & International Women's Day - which is on March 8th - are both great opportunities to highlight the importance of women's representation and equality. While there has been progress toward gender balance in the United States, I find it staggering that the U.S. ranks about 70th among nations for women's representation - alongside Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Countries ranked above the United States are electing more women - faster - by focusing on institutional reforms which create more opportunities for all women to run, win, serve, and lead. 


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Addressing Ableism: Why We Need More Disabled Representatives

By Laura DeMarco by on March 01, 2021

Author’s Note: Many disabled people choose to use identity-first language (“disabled people”). In contrast, others prefer person-first language (“person with a disability.”). This blog post mostly uses identity-first language. However, it is a personal decision, and I wish to stress the importance of respecting the individual choices of people with disabilities. Thank you.

Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 26, 2021

Zoraya Hightower co-chair of Better Ballot Burlington, courtesy of The Fulcrum
Dear friends,
The hours of daylight are growing here in the mid-Atlantic and I am eager to get my seeds in the ground which seems like a perfect metaphor for the work we are all doing to advance women's leadership and representative democracy - planting ideas that will eventually grow and flourish.

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