Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 18, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 18, 2019


Hello friends,
I have been in Belgrade, Serbia this week attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union's 141st gathering of parliamentarians from 178 countries. I landed just now so this week's missive will be mostly photos - I apologize for those of you who have been following my journey on social media for the tedious duplication. 
While I must admit it felt a little lonely to be only one of two Americans at the Summit, I did find it incredibly satisfying to listen to the women parliamentarians speak about the role that institutional reforms like gender quotas, proportional voting systems, and gender-conscious parliamentary procedures have played in their success as candidates and elected officials. Hearing from the  parliamentarians first-hand that systems reforms are really driving the election of women around the globe fortifies my commitment to track the international data, analyze the trends, and push for the adoption of institutional reforms in the United States. 

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"Nevertheless, She Persisted" - Dedicated to #FightingForEquality

By Corinne Ahrens on October 18, 2019

To sum up the importance of the event, Congressman Beyer noted that “when women succeed, America succeeds,” and this is something to keep in mind as we continue #FightingForEquality.

Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8) with Jane Fonda (left) and Megan Beyer (right) on Oct. 12, 2019.

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Even after the "Year of the Woman," Republican women remain underrepresented

By McKenna Donegan on October 17, 2019

"It’s hard to not get excited about all of the young, diverse Republican women running in 2020. If the United States is ever going to achieve gender parity, it is necessary for more Republican women to get elected. However, there are obstacles standing in the way of those women becoming leaders in this country. Embracing recruitment targets and challenging PACs to set goals for the totals that they give to female candidates would alleviate the hurdles that these women face while running for office. Advancing these reforms is a key step in advancing women’s representation in government."

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Meet The Team: McKenna Donegan

By McKenna Donegan on October 16, 2019

"Addressing the lack of equal representation in government through changing recruiting practices and improving our electoral systems would ensure that future generations have women leaders to look up to. I hope the work I do this fall at RepresentWomen ensures that one day all women will have a seat at the table."

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 11, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 11, 2019


Dear friends,
The terrific team at the Center for American Women and Politics released their report Unfinished Business: Women Running in 2018 and Beyond this week that examines the gains women made in the midterm elections in 2018 and the barriers that still persist. Read the full report here but here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary:
Gender disparities in American politics were not upended in a single cycle, but the 2018 elec- tion marked sites of progress as well as persistent hurdles for women candidates. Evaluating the 2018 election in the context of both past and present offers key insights into the gendered terrain that candidates will navigate in 2020 and beyond.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 4, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 04, 2019


Hello friends,
Another busy week of work and travel in and around the world of women's representation! Yet again, I do not have time to do justice to the many interesting threads that tell the story of this week's news of the progress and challenges that women face in politics in the US and around the world. But I will cobble together what I can glean from Google Alerts and headlines.
Last week, I featured Melinda Gates' article in the Harvard Business Review that discussed her support for a collection of strategies to advance women's representation and leadership across a number of sectors. This week Gates announced that she will give 1 billion dollars toward the work for women's equality which Time Magazine covered in this story - listen to a terrific interview with Melinda discussing her work for women's equality on the Harvard Business Review podcast. This unprecedented commitment to the work for women's equality will not only provide a wide range of organizations the support they need to build strategies for significant impact, it will also signal ( I hope) to other philanthropists that investing in strategies that advance and normalize women's equality is vital.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 27, 2019

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on September 27, 2019


My dear friends,
Melinda Gates is using her considerable influence to encourage a deep conversation about the imperative for women's equality. This week she penned a long-form piece in the Harvard Business Review that makes the case for a collection of strategies to advance women's representation and leadership across sectors, here is her compelling conclusion:

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