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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 25, 2022

November 25, 2022

Many of us in the United States are taking a few days to enjoy time with friends and family so this week's blog will be short on content but full of gratitude....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

Dear friends, It has been a tumultuous week for election results in the United States! The race for governor of Arizona that featured two women candidates running against each other was called...
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Blog and OpEd Library Coming Soon!

November 17, 2022

Over the coming weeks, we will be transferring our extensive Blog and OpEd library to this new site. Check back for the latest in thought leadership from RepresentWomen!
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 4, 2022

November 04, 2022

Over the past week, RepresentWomen has been mentioned and featured by various publications and organizations! From op-eds written by our team to our insightful research reports, we're grateful that more and more...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

Dear readers, There is a lot going on this week from changes in leadership in the UK & women's representation in China, to new research from VoteRunLead on women's representation in state...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022

Dear readers, As elections draw closer, I am excited to see not just the women who will come out victorious this year, but also where ranked choice voting will win. Voter registration...
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Egyptian Women’s Reality: 2011-2022

October 13, 2022

On January 25, 2011, the Egyptian people decided to revolt, as part of the Arab Spring, in protest against socio-economic inequality and political corruption. Women were a significant part of the revolution....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 7, 2022

October 07, 2022

Dear advocates for equality, In a little more than a month, we will know how many women get elected to Congress, to statewide executive offices, to state legislative seats, and to local...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 30, 2022

September 30, 2022

Dear readers, I hope you've had a great week! The primaries are now officially over, which means as of today there are just 38 days until the midterm election on November 8th....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 23, 2022

September 23, 2022

  Dear readers, This week RepresentWomen hosted an event with women leaders in New York including The New Majority NYC Executive Director Jessica Haller, Representative Chantel Jackson from NY's 79th district, former...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 16, 2022

September 16, 2022

Dear readers, From sports, to TV, to government; this week was chock full of updates on women's representation. The RepresentWomen team is excited to bring you all the latest news rundown while...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 9, 2022

September 09, 2022

Dear readers, We here at RepresentWomen hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend! It has been quite the busy summer for women's representation and our team has been hard at...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 2, 2022

September 02, 2022

  Dear readers, Happy Friday! We hope you have been having a lovely summer and staying cool. I'm not sure about you, but I was waiting anxiously on Wednesday night for Alaska's ranked-choice...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 26, 2022

August 26, 2022

Thanks to Erin Vilardi and her team at VoteRunLead for these great graphics and for providing a 21st century frame - and rallying call - to Women's Equality Day commemorations! Women's Equality Day was established...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 19, 2022

August 19, 2022

Dear readers, Happy Friday! This edition is being brought to you by the RepresentWomen team, reporting on the latest in women’s representation, while Cynthia catches up on her summer reading on the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 12, 2022

August 12, 2022

Dear readers, Happy Friday! This edition is brought to you by the RepresentWomen team, here to give you all the latest in women’s representation.
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 29, 2022

July 29, 2022

Most U.S. States Get a "D" for Women's Representation Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Many thanks to RepresentWomen research director Courtney Lamendola who worked with her terrific team to release the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 22, 2022

July 22, 2022

174 Years of Work for Women's Equality in the United States Dear supporters of women's equality, This week marks the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention that was held over the course...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 8, 2022

July 08, 2022

Best Practices for Promoting Gender Balanced Cabinets Dear fans of gender balance in politics, in anticipation of the 36 states and 3 U.S. territories that are holding gubernatorial elections this year, RepresentWomen released a report: Gender Balanced...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 1, 2022

July 01, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson   Dear women's representation advocates, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in on Thursday June, 30th, becoming the first Black woman to serve on the highest...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

While Cynthia is away representing us at the League of Women Voters National Convention in Denver, the RepresentWomen Staff have got you covered!   From teammate to teammate, we'll give you our...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

In March of 2022 RepresentWomen hosted a Democracy Solutions Summit featuring women experts speaking on a wide range of challenges facing our nation including election administration, campaign finance, voting rights, the Electoral College, antiquated...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 10, 2022

June 11, 2022

"After 10 years, since the European Commission proposed this directive, it is high time we break the glass ceiling," said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in a statement. [European Union, 2022]...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 3, 2022

June 03, 2022

Stamps issued by the United States Postal Service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX   Dear fans of gender balance in politics, This month marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

The water lily in my small pond blossomed this week... Dear supporters of women's leadership in politics, I struggled this week to find an appropriate story and image to lead with given...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

House Speaker Tina Kotek, former House Republican Leader Christine Drazan, and the well-funded unaffiliated candidate, long-time democratic lawmaker Betsy Johnson, Graphic by RepresentWomen   Dear women's representation enthusiasts, I am back in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 13, 2022

May 13, 2022

Dear fans of women's representation in politics, Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! This week we are celebrating AAPI women leaders and exploring AAPI women's representation.
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 6, 2022

May 06, 2022

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation in politics, on boards, in sports and entertainment, in judicial offices and in the private sector in the U.S. and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 29, 2022

April 29, 2022

Howdy from the RepresentWomen Team! Our fearless leader Cynthia Richie Terrell is making great connections to build out our research and partnerships this week at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research #PowerPlus2022 summit in San Francisco. (Cynthia thanks Nicole...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 22, 2022

April 22, 2022

Greta Thunberg, painted by Melanie Humble Dear fans of gender balance in politics,  The first Earth Day was celebrated 52 years ago and was intended to raise awareness about threats to the environment in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 15, 2022

April 15, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson   Dear friends of women's representation, While it has been amazing to read all the stories about the confirmation of Judge Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, Black women continue to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 8, 2022

April 08, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court Dear friends of women's representation, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to fill the vacant seat on...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 1, 2022

April 01, 2022

Women now hold 61% of seats on the NY city council   Dear fans of gender balance of in politics, This week RepresentWomen hosted an event with women leaders in NYC including NY...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson    Dear fans of women's representation, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a "model of composure" in the face of "egregious behavior...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 18, 2022

March 18, 2022

Women speakers at the Democracy Solutions Summit Dear fans of gender balance in politics, The inaugural Democracy Solutions Summit hosted by RepresentWomen last week was a big success with 45 amazing women speakers, over...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 11. 2022

March 11, 2022

Women demonstrate on International Women's Day in Mexico, which has achieved gender parity in government. Karen Melo/Getty Images   Dear friends, Tuesday marked the day, each year, that is set aside to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 4, 2022

March 04, 2022

Judge Katanji Brown Jackson Dear women's representation enthusiasts, President Joe Biden nominated Judge Katanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed Judge Jackson will be the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 25, 2022

February 25, 2022

Current women presidents and prime ministers, who are members of Women Political Leaders Dear friends, I was reminded today of Joni Mitchell's opening lyrics to California: Sitting in a park in Paris, FranceReading the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 18, 2022

February 18, 2022

Dear fans of women's representation and leadership, According to Encyclopedia Britannica about 70 of the world's 193 countries have had a female head of state. Interestingly, the United States is one of a handful of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022

Putin, Erdogan, and Xi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, September 2016 Stephen Crowley /The New York Times / Redux Dear fans...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 4, 2022

February 07, 2022

Happy Black History Month! While there are countless Black women whom we should celebrate in February, the team at RepresentWomen has chosen four to highlight this week: Shirley Chisolm began her legislative work when...
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Weekend Reading January 28, 2022

January 28, 2022

Based on data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, January 2022 Dear fans of gender balance in politics, While women's representation has increased slightly in state houses in Virginia and New Jersey, according to data compiled...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022

Stacey Abrams, painted by Melanie Humble Dear fans of gender balance in politics, There was an encouraging story on NBC News about the number of Black women who are running for statewide executive office...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 14, 2022

January 14, 2022

NY governor Kathy Hochul Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Barbara Rodriguez wrote this interesting piece in The 19th* about NY governor Kathy Hochul's proposed term limit legislation that could well provide more women the chance to run...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 7, 2022

January 10, 2022

Front row (from left): Althea Stevens, Marjorie Velázquez, Lynn Schulman, Gale Brewer, Kamillah Hanks, Vickie Paladino, Sandy Nurse, Tiffany Cabán, Shahana Hanif, and Julie Won. Middle row: Farah Louis, Joann Ariola, Linda...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 31, 2021

December 31, 2021

Dear friends, As we prepare to bid farewell to a year that has been so hard for so many it seems timely to share a few stories that offer food for thought...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 17, 2021

December 17, 2021

bell hooks, painted by Melanie Humble   For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 3, 2021

December 03, 2021

Many women around the world—as with these traders in Liberia—work in the informal economy (ImageArc/shutterstock.com)   Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Those who are concerned about the health of democracy...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 26, 2021

November 26, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation,  I suspect many readers in the United States are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family this weekend so I will keep this missive short & sweet! In August my daughters and I...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation and gender balance in politics, This week has been a busy one in Washington, DC with important discussions about redistricting on Capitol Hill, in-person fundraising events with...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 12, 2021

November 12, 2021

Jeannette Rankin painted by Melanie Humble Dear fans of gender balance in politics, On November 10, 1916 Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the United States Congress. Rankin...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 5, 2021

November 05, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Nearly a century after the first woman was elected to the NYC council, women now hold 61% of the seats and the majority of those women are...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Greta Thunberg, painted by Melanie Humble Dear friends, Over the coming weeks advocates, experts, and elected officials will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26, an annual United Nations summit on climate change. My daughter Becca...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 22, 2021

October 22, 2021

Dear friends, The Ascend Fund announced grants this week to groups in Washington Michigan, and Mississippi to advance women's representation in state legislatures. This is a terrific example of investing in strategies to better understand the best practices to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Each week brings a new reminder that when there is not an intentional effort to ensure that women are nominated for positions & awards the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 8,

October 08, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Women face steep barriers when running for executive offices in the United States so it is no surprise that of the 2,573 people who have served...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 1, 2021

October 02, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, We are excited to share that RepresentWomen is growing! As Cynthia is away this week, this Weekend Reading is brought to you by our team. ...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Paid leave is established law in all other developed countries but families in the United States continue to struggle to care for children, parents, and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Candidates for Boston mayor Annissa Essaibi George & Michelle Wu, Boston Globe Dear fans of gender balance in politics, The results are in from the Boston mayoral primary and two women, Annissa Essabi...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, In stark contrast to the new restrictive legislation in Texas, Mexico has legalized reproductive rights for women and, according to this article in The Washington Post, women have reached gender...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 3, 2021

September 03, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, The 2020 Paralympic Games are underway in Tokyo this week with impressive wins for women in many different competitions. High numbers of women competing and winning in athletics, however,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 27, 2021

August 27, 2021

Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Warren, Fannie Lou Hamer, Condi Rice, Coretta Scott King, Ashley Judd, Tina Tchen, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm, Michelle Obama, Tammy Duckworth Dear fans...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 20, 2021

August 20, 2021

Sharon Nelson, Kathy Hochul & RepresentativeCarolyn Maloney Dear friends,  News of the tragedy unfolding in Haiti, the rise of the Delta variant, and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan dominate the headlines this...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 6, 2021

August 06, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation, The winners of the Equality Can't Wait Challenge (funded by Melinda French Gates & Mackenzie Scott among others) were announced last week and represent an impressive array...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 30, 2021

July 30, 2021

With the onset of the 2021 (or possibly the 2020) Olympic games, I’m honestly not sure which, there is a plethora of stories coming out about the athletes, the competitions and the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021

Susannah Wellford, Mika Brzezinski, and Laura Cox Kaplan, RepresentWomen Dear fans of gender balance in politics, Journalist Mika Brzezinksi, who launched the Know Your Value platform on NBC 15 years ago, wrote this piece on what's next in the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021

Dear friends, Members of the United States Senate, who wield an enormous amount of political power, continue to be old, White, wealthy and male. Only 2.9% of all Senators since 1789 have been...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 9, 2021

July 09, 2021

Dear friends, The votes have been counted in the New York City primary and, while the city will have to wait at least another four years for a woman mayor, turnout was...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 2, 2021

July 02, 2021

  Dear friends, If I close my eyes I can almost conjure up the smell of fresh croissants and Chestnut trees that line the Tuileries and imagine the determined crowd of women's equality...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Adobe stock   Dear fans of women's representation, There were several articles this week relating to women's representation on corporate sector boards which is of course a key ingredient in the work...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Dear friends, This weekend leaders of the G7 countries along with representatives of the European Union will meet in a seaside resort in Cornwall in the United Kingdom to tackle pressing issues including climate...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 4, 2021

June 04, 2021

Dear women's representation enthusiasts, After graduating from college - 35 years ago this week -  I took a job on a U.S. Senate campaign because I thought that getting good people elected to Congress...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

From left to right: Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales and Maya Wiley Dear gender equality fans,  The New York City mayoral primary is quickly approaching on June 22nd, it is the first citywide...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

Melinda French Gates, painted by Melanie Humble “I want to see more women in the position to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives...I believe that women’s potential is worth...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021

Senator Mazie Hirono painted by Melanie Humble   Dear friends, As part of a series of interviews with Asian American leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, The Washington Post spoke with Hawaii Senator Mazie...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 7, 2021

May 07, 2021

Asian American women leaders Rep Patsy Mink, Tina Tchen, Katherine Tai, & former Oakland mayor Jean Quan - painted by Melanie Humble   Dear friends, It's Asian Pacific American Heritage month in the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 30, 2021

April 30, 2021

Vice president Harris & speaker Pelosi on the dais, painted by Melanie Humble Dear friends, For the first time in our nation's history two women stood on the dais in the Capitol...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

Rachel Carson, painted by Melanie Humble on a Suffrage palette background "We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

  Dear friends, It would be such a grand thing to invite you all to my garden, to talk about world events, share a glass of rose & some fresh asparagus, and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 2, 2021

April 02, 2021

Dear gender equality fans,  I’m sure you all saw the amazing headline in the Washington Post about how women’s equality and domination has been achieved.
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 26, 2021

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 19, 2021

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 12, 2021

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 5, 2021

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2021

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

Dear women's representation enthusiasts, One of the best parts of writing this blog each week is finding pieces that challenge paradigms and bring fresh energy to the push for women's representation and equality. This...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women and former deputy president of South Africa   Dear friends, Though women in power are not a monolith, I have been thinking a lot this...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 5, 2021

February 05, 2021

Claudette Colvin Dear women's representation enthusiasts, I have always felt a little conflicted about Black History Month and Women's History Month. On the one hand there is a risk of ignoring the many contributions of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 29, 2021

January 29, 2021

Source: RepresentWomen   Dear friends, The Biden Harris administration is moving quickly to enact policies that will address the unfolding economic & healthcare crises in the United States while also assembling a...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 22, 2021

January 22, 2021

Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayer swearing in Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday at the Capitol Dear friends, This week's inauguration of a new administration was at once a testimony to the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (L) delivers remarks after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden (R) announced her as his Commerce Secretary nominee at The Queen theater on January 08, 2021 in Wilmington, Delaware....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 8, 2021

January 08, 2021

Senate staffers carrying certified presidential results to safety in the Capitol on Wednesday Dear women's representation advocates, While we don't yet know the short-term consequences of Wednesday's rampage on the Capitol we do know a...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

The amazing young women who are pictured above were part of the RepresentWomen team in 2020!   Dear friends and allies, On this penultimate day of 2020 I am writing to ask...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 24, 2020

December 24, 2020

My dear friends, As I look back on 2020 I am mindful of the many challenges we faced as individuals, families, communities, Americans. and global citizens. We will remember those challenges but...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 18, 2020

December 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with the amazing young women pictured above who were part of the RepresentWomen team in 2020!   Dear friend, I am writing to report on what...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 11, 2020

December 14, 2020

Our friends at the Center for American Women and Politics released a new report this week on the challenges women face raising money to run for governor: Giving money to politics has not been...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 4, 2020

December 04, 2020

A mother greets her daughters at their school in Tulsa on Nov. 9. (Mike Simons/AP)   Dear fans of women's representation, Melinda Gates, who has demonstrated her dedication to advancing women's representation & leadership by funding the Equality Can't...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 27, 2020

November 27, 2020

Dear friends, I am grateful for the work that you are doing to advance women's representation and for the chance to work with the small but mighty team at RepresentWomen. I know that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 20, 2020

November 20, 2020

Dear friends, Five years ago, to the day, I started publishing this blog with the goal of amplifying the great work that all of you are doing to advance women's representation and leadership in the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Dear fans of women's representation & leadership. Results from last week's election are still trickling in so we don't yet know the final tally for the number of women elected to Congress and to state...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 6, 2020

November 06, 2020

Top row (Left to Right): Mauree Turner, Madinah Wilson-Anton, Stephanie Byers, Cori Bush, Christina Henderson Bottom row (Left to Right): Taylor Small, Marilyn Strickland, Deb Haaland, Sarah McBride   Dear allies in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020

Dear women's representation stalwarts, On the eve of the 2020 general election, the terrific team at RepresentWomen has compiled an updated Gender Parity Index map that tracks women's representation at the local, state, and federal...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020

New Zealand election billboard from Flickr   Dear women's representation enthusiasts, We will have to wait a few more weeks to know the winner of the U.S. presidential election but the results are in for prime...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Dear fans of women's representation, This week RepresentWomen released its Achieving Gender Parity: Systems Strategies Around the World report that offers a deep dive into the electoral systems, recruitment practices, and representation outcomes for...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 9, 2020

October 09, 2020

Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna may have made the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA.Credit...Miguel Riopa/Agence France-Presse   Dear fans of women's representation and equality,  Two women have...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 2, 2020

October 02, 2020

First televised presidential debate held on November 4, 1956 between Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith Dear all, The very first televised presidential debate was held on November 4, 1956 between former...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

Photo credit: Rob Richie Dear women's representation advocates, As I wrote this missive last week I was feeling anxious about the 2020 election and what the results might mean for Americans and for all those around the globe...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester won her primary on September 15th   Dear friends, This week marks a significant milestone for women in politics in the United States: more women have filed to run...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020

International Olympic Committee Dear fans of women's representation, There was good news from the International Olympic Committee this week which held a series of online gatherings to discuss strategies to increase women's representation in governing bodies and leadership roles. Here...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 4, 2020

September 04, 2020

Boston Globe Dear fans of women's representation and equality, The election season is upon us now in earnest with only a handful of primaries left to determine general election candidates for Congress and other offices....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 28, 2020

August 28, 2020

Eleanor Smeal and Representative Bella Abzug in 1982 Happy Women's Equality Week! In 1971, the legendary Bella Abzug, a member of the House delegation from NY state, asked Congress to designate August 26th as Women's Equality Day...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

Mosaic Theater Company's rendition of 'The Agitators' with Marni Penning as Susan B. Anthony and Ro Boddie as Frederick Douglass - Photo by Stan Barough Dear fans of women's representation, On Tuesday, August 18th,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris after being introduced by presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden as his running mate in Wilmington, Delaware., on August 12, 2020 - Toni Sandys / The Washington Post via...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 7, 2020

August 07, 2020

2020 Booker Prize nominees from the Booker Prize website Dear women's representation team members, You can read a sharper-looking version of this missive on Ms Magazine. Normalizing women's power and leadership can take many forms -- my favorite example from this...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

Government News Dear fans of women's representation, As a reminder, if you would like to read a nicely laid out version of this blog you can hop to Ms Magazine though there are always a few extra stories that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

Cover of the August issue of National Geographic celebrating the suffrage centennial Dear fans of women's representation, July 24th marks the 100th anniversary of women's equality champion Bella Abzug's birth and marks the midway point of the suffrage...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 17, 2020

July 17, 2020

Suffragists Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Ida B Wells painted by Melanie Humble Dear fans of women's representation, This week marks several milestones in the long struggle for women's equality:...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 10, 2020

July 10, 2020

Photo courtesy of Gender Avenger Christina Morillo, via Pexels (cropped) Dear women's representation enthusiasts, News of Supreme Court decisions and the sweltering heat of Washington, DC are hard to avoid but there have also been...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 2, 2020

July 02, 2020

Getty Images: 116th Congress Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There were several key primaries this week with fascinating wins and losses for women candidates along with a number of landmark Supreme Court decisions...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020

Jeannette Rankin, painted by Melanie Humble   Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There were a number of significant milestones related to women's equality and representation this week including the anniversary of the day...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 5, 2020

June 05, 2020

Ella Jones, a Ferguson, Mo., city councilwoman, in 2017. She was elected mayor on Tuesday night.Credit...David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Associated Press   Dear friends, Amidst the news of the continuing pandemic...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

  Dear women's representation enthusiasts! As readers may remember, jurisdictions with ranked choice voting are electing more women to office for both executive and legislative offices than the norm in non-RCV cities....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 8, 2020

May 08, 2020

The US Women's National Team celebrates winning the 2020 SheBelievesCup after beating Japan. Getty Images Dear women's representation enthusiasts! As perhaps some of you heard, a federal judge ruled against equal pay...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 1, 2020

May 01, 2020

Grand Teton National Park wildflowers Dear fans of women's representation, As the general election looms ever closer, concern about the voting process is intensifying. There was a great piece in The Fulcrum...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) In this Jan. 31, 2020, file photo the Utah governor candidates are pictured. From left, Jeff Burningham, Aimee Winder Newton, Jon Huntsman, Thomas Wright, Greg Hughes...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Women leaders Andrea Merkel, Tsai Ing-wen, Jacinda Ardernm Katrin Jakobsdottir, Sanna Marin, Erna Solberg, and Mette Frederikson from CNN.com Dear friends, Many of you have probably seen the widely-circulated piece by Avivah...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was among the first governors in the nation to take the difficult, decisive action to close all K-12 schools and public universities amid the coronavirus crisis, writes Barbara...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 3, 2020

April 03, 2020

Jeannette Rankin was sworn in as the first woman elected to Congress on April 2nd, 1917 & is the only member of Congress to vote against funding for both the first and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020

A World Bank Cambodia Health Sector Support Program, shown here in 2013 (World Bank/Flickr) Dear Friends, Despite the arrival of Spring this week it feels as though winter may still be coming...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 20, 2020

March 20, 2020

(Seniors at Wellesley College organized an impromptu graduation before they left they left campus, The New York Times) Dear fans of women's representation, This week there has been a whirlwind of news...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Jacinda Ardern with her partner & baby, The New York Times My dear friends, Belinda Luscombe had a fascinating piece in Time Magazine on New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern's "Next Big...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 6, 2020

March 06, 2020

UN Women envisioned a new country called Equiterra, in which equality between genders, climate justice, and inclusion would reign. (Photo: Ruby Taylor/UN Women) Dear fans of women's representation, Many thanks to our...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 28, 2020

February 28, 2020

(Melinda Gates Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Founder of Pivotal Ventures. Author of The Moment of Lift meeting with women) Dear friends, This year marks the 25th anniversary of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 21, 2020

February 21, 2020

Suffragists picketing for the right to vote outside the White House Dear friends, Kathy Spillar, Executive Editor of Ms, had a very good piece on the power women women's votes in this...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Dorothy Height, Ruby Bridges, Ida B Wells, Condi Rice, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Toni Morrison and Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Dear friends. There was an interesting piece in Gulf Today about the use...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 7, 2020

February 07, 2020

Dear friends, While it has been a very busy week politically in Iowa and in Washington, DC, it is the eve of another increasingly political event - the Oscars - this coming...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 31, 2020

January 31, 2020

(With When Women Vote authors Stephanie Donner and Amber McReynolds) Dear friends, I am in the Denver airport this afternoon awaiting a flight to Cedar Rapids where I will be participating in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Dear friends, Bridgette Bruno, Research and Communications Manager for the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, wanted to make sure that readers know about the webinar "Ready, Willing, & Electable: Women Running for Executive...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 17, 2020

January 17, 2020

Members of the Virginia House of Delegates cheered for Delegate Jennifer D. Carroll Foy, center, a sponsor of a resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.Credit...Julia Rendleman for The New York Times...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 10, 2020

January 10, 2020

(Kelly Loeffler being sworn in this week) Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There are now 26 women in the United States Senate following the swearing in this week of Kelly Loeffler from Georgia...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 3, 2020

January 03, 2020

(women leaders from the Elle piece mentioned below) Dear fans of women's representation, Happy 2020. It's a big year for many reasons. It's of course the centennial of the 19th amendment that granted most women the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 20, 2019

December 20, 2019

(Students from the Capital City Public Charter School) Dear all, This has been a big week of news from Capitol Hill but I am going to steer clear of that topic as...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

All in their thirties: These women have a country to run. (From left to right) Finland's Minister of Education Li Andersson, 32; Minister of Finance Katri Kulmuni, 32; Prime Minister Sanna Marin, 34;...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 6, 2019

December 06, 2019

(Linnea Allison - head of programs at IREX, Deidre Combs - a consultant to a number of exchange programs, Courtney Lamendola - RepresentWomen's Research Director, and Maura Reilly - RepresentWomen fall intern)...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation Thanksgiving Edition November 27, 2019

November 27, 2019

Dear friends, Thanksgiving dinner in 2018 featured Arabia china my mother brought back from Finland where she helped Finns rebuild their homes right after World War II, rolls, blueberry & pecan pie,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 8, 2019

November 13, 2019

Dear friends, This week's news was filled with the release of big reports from allies and elections results from contests around the country - a quick look at the reports: Our friends...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 1, 2019

November 01, 2019

(Women and children striking for equality in Iceland on October 24, 1975) My dear friends, In the midst of my busy days last week I forgot to celebrate the anniversary of the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 25, 2019

October 25, 2019

(from the desk of RepresentWomen's artist in residence....) Dear friends, It's hard to adequately capture even a fraction of the stories about women's representation each week but it is especially hard on...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 18, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 11, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 4, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 27, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019

Dear friends, I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous day here in NYC and walk through Central Park so this week's Weekend Reading update will be a photo essay crafted on...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 13, 2019

September 13, 2019

Eleanor Roosevelt and Margaret Chase Smith on CBS News in 1956 My dear friends, This week's democratic debate reminded me of one of my favorite largely-untold stories from American history. It was...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 6, 2019

September 06, 2019

Women in the northeastern state of Assam in India Hello friends! Geetika Dang wrote a terrific piece on for Brookings on several papers that were presented at an event on July on...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 30, 2019

August 30, 2019

Happy Women's Equality Day week! Many thanks to Patti Russo for sharing this terrific image on Facebook this week in celebration of the 99th anniversary of women's suffrage - I would love...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019

(Suffragists protest outside the White House in Washington, DC circa 1919) Happy women's equality week my friends, As most of you in the U.S. know, this week marks the 99th anniversary of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019

(From East Asia Forum) Hello friends! This will be a super short rendition as there isn't a whole lot of news to report that I can find easily and my now-adult children...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 9, 2019

August 09, 2019

“The enemy is not men. The enemy is the concept of patriarchy, the concept of patriarchy as the way to run the world or do things.”   Toni Morrison Hello friends, As I...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 2, 2019

August 02, 2019

Nakuru County Chief office in charge of Gender, Culture and Social Services, Tume Abduba speaking at Regina Pacis Elimu School on July 4, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP ...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 26, 2019

July 26, 2019

(Photos by Justin Sullivan and Bill Pugliano/Getty Images) Dear friends, The Pew Research Center released data this week on attitudes toward women as candidates for the presidency and overall the trend is...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019

Happy 171st Anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Convention, Today marks the 171st anniversary of a milestone in the conversation about women's equality in the United States. According to this post from...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 12, 2019

July 12, 2019

(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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 5, 2019

July 05, 2019

(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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 28, 2019

June 28, 2019

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,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 21, 2019

June 21, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 14, 2019

June 14, 2019

(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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 19, 2019

April 19, 2019

‘Women, don’t be afraid to participate in politics!’ Activists and politicians mark International Women’s Day in Banda Aceh in March. Photo by Irwansyah Putra for Antara. Dear friends, There was a fascinating...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 12, 2019

April 12, 2019

Kakenya Ntaiya, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, Heidi Hartmann, Melanne Verveer, and Hanna Kristjansdottir at American University College of Law this week Dear friends, It was a...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 5, 2019

April 05, 2019

Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago - the 3rd largest city in the United States - becoming the first African American and first openly gay person elected to that office. Many...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 29, 2019

March 29, 2019

Dear friends, I had a piece in The Hill this week about how best to honor the legacy of the brave women whose work got us to where we are today, here...
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Weekend Readin on Women's Representation March 22, 2019

March 22, 2019

(Sign painted on the wall of a local women's handicraft shop in Kathmandu) Namaste, I have had another very full week in Nepal meeting with staff from UN Women, members of Parliament,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

Hello friends, Amidst an amazing array of adventures & meetings I stumbled into the shop of a fabulous young woman named Nasreen Sheikh in Kathmandu who is an eloquent & passionate advocate...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 8, 2019

March 08, 2019

Friends, Happy International Women's Day! I confess to having not memorized the history behind March 8th and tend to shy away from focusing too much on celebrating women on just one day...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 1, 2019

March 01, 2019

(Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle candidates for mayor of Chicago will advance to a runoff election) Dear friends, I am traveling today so this will be an unusually brief missive - I...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 22, 2019

February 22, 2019

Candidates for the democratic nomination: Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobchar, & Elizabeth Warren Dear friends, Marie Claire profiled the women candidates this week - not sure that I agree...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 15, 2019

February 15, 2019

My dear friends, There was a terrific story on CNN about the first "female duo" to run a House committee that features the fast friendship and years of collaboration between Rep Kay...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 8, 2019

February 08, 2019

(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Stephanie Pitcher plays with her daughters Penelope, 4, and Charlotte, 6, at a park near their home in Salt Lake City. Pitcher, a Democrat, won her...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 1, 2019

February 01, 2019

Dear all, There has been a flurry of interest in Ranked Choice Voting this week including: the NYC Charter Commission has included RCV in their list of recommendations - please contact the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 25, 2019

January 25, 2019

Senators Kristin Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, and Elizabeth Warren Dear fans of women's representation, There are now four women running for the democratic presidential nomination along with a number of male hopefuls -...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

Dear readers, Each week brings a perplexing quandary for me - there is so, so much to report on about women's international representation and efforts to expand women's representation in the United States but there are also many projects/events/deadlines...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

Dear friends, If you live in the area or are coming to Washington, DC next week please join an exciting conversation about women in politics hosted by Pantsuit Politics & Swanee Hunt....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 4, 2019

January 04, 2019

Ms. Pelosi, surrounded by her grandchildren and the children of other members of Congress, on her first day as speaker in 2007. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times Read the full story Dear...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 28, 2018

December 28, 2018

Hello friends, It has been quite a year. It has been quite a year of challenges to democratic processes in the United States. It has been quite a year for women candidates...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 21, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 14, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 7, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 30, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 21, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 16, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 9, 2018

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

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 26, 2018

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...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018

Dear friends, I have had mixed feedback on whether to include full articles or just snippets with strong feelings on both sides of the question but this week I am going to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 12, 2018

October 12, 2018

Dear friends, Heather Wolf shared this article by Susan Chira from The New York Times that is a very important read: What are those women thinking? The ones who cheered President Trump’s...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 5, 2018

October 05, 2018

(from Fast Company piece cited below) Dear friends There was a heartfelt piece on Fast Company by candidate Caitlin Clarkson Pereira about the need for news rules around how to pay for childcare while running for...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018

Dear all, It has been a week that confirmed both the stark reality of partisan polarization in 2018 and the power of organizing and reason to impact the political process. In 1942...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018

Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There was a very interesting story in ISS Today about women's representation in Somalia which has been increasing since the introduction and reintroduction of quotas - while compliance...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 14, 2018

September 14, 2018

Greetings! According to this piece on Broadly: White men form the minority of House Democratic nominees this cycle, giving way to a wave of women and people of color who outnumber them....
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 7, 2018

September 07, 2018

Dear women's representation allies, The primaries are nearly over save for remaining contests in New Hampshire (September 11), Rhode Island (September 12), & New York (September 13) according to the National Conference...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 31, 2018

August 31, 2018

Hello friends! This fall RepresentWomen will become fiscally independent from FairVote and we are planning a celebration! Please buy your ticket for the event & share the invite with others to help...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 24, 2018

August 24, 2018

(NY state assembly women Nathalia Fernandez & Patricia Fahy with Manhattan Borough president Gale Brewer at the Susan B Anthony Park in Rochester, NY) Happy Women's Equality Weekend! In 1971 Representative Bella...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 10, 2018

August 10, 2018

Dear all, Once again I am racing out the door - this time to a Rank Your Favorite Beer event nearby which should be fun! Ranked choice voting advocates have been introducing...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 2, 2018

August 02, 2018

I am writing to you on a Thursday again because we are dashing off to our beloved cabin in the Pine Barrens tonight to spend 36 hours with all three of our...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 27, 2018

July 27, 2018

Ennahda Souad Abderrahim in Tunisia Dear all, There was a fascinating article in the Middle East Eye about how Islamist parties are advancing women's rights: Contrary to prominent views in the West...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 19, 2018

July 19, 2018

Every generation has had to wrestle with questions of identity, power and equality - within the family, within religious practice & belief, and within decision making bodies and society at large. Today,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

Querida hermanas, Mexico now ranks 4th for women's representation worldwide! Women in Mexico, of course, are pretty much the same as women in the US but gender quotas and proportional voting are...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 6, 2018

July 06, 2018

The New York Times wrote about women's representation in state legislatures and how those statistics are likely to change after the general elections in November. The piece quotes Katie Ziegler from the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

There was a great story on Vox by Sarah Kliff this week that confirms something we all believe "Research shows electing women makes a real difference in people's lives" - I will...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

​Democratic nominee for governor of Maine - Janet Mills Dear all, As CBS News reports, Maine became the first state to use ranked choice voting for a statewide race this week and elected...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

I have been thinking a lot about majority rule. My daughter and I were among the fortunate who got to see Hamilton at the Kennedy Center this week. I was of course...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 8, 2018

June 08, 2018

Dear friends, Women now comprise two thirds of the cabinet of the newly-elected government in Spain according to this story in the The New York Times: Spain’s new prime minister on Wednesday...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 1, 2018

June 01, 2018

With Marianne Schnall at the launch of her terrific Year of Women project in NYC Happy almost summer! There were several articles this week that caught my eye including this one from...
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P.S. Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Hello again! Chrissie Castro just emailed to say that Paulette Jordan is also the first woman and Native American to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Idaho - there was a story...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Stacey Abrams - D GA - first African American female gubernatorial nominee - rsvp for the Higher Heights call with Stacey scheduled for Saturday at 2pm EST Dear friends, Four states held...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

Dear friends, Another round of primaries this week resulted in wins for women in crowded primaries at the state and federal level - as the New York Times reports: Just as the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018

I'll start this week with some truly great news! The Washington Post was among a number of news outlets that covered the FEC's decision to allow candidates to pay for childcare from...
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Postscript to Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 4, 2018

May 04, 2018

Good morning! As a postscript to my message yesterday about the questions posed by a reporter to mayoral candidate Jane Kim, I thought I would share the following: * The San Francisco...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 4, 2018

May 04, 2018

Good evening, A series of events - both fortunate and unfortunate - have required my time these last few days so I thought I would share one story from this week that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 27, 2018

April 27, 2018

​(Debbie Lesko R-AZ after her victory in Arizona this week) Dear friends and allies, Politico reports that Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) won the special election to the House of Representatives this week bringing...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 20, 2018

April 20, 2018

​ Barbara Bush died this week: Peter Baker writes this beautiful story about her courage and determination in the The New York Times Dear friends, Kristina Wilfore has launched a new podcast...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018

Dear friends, The new Gender Avenger Tally that "lets you record and share the gender (im)balance you see everyday. Whether it’s on TV, at a conference, or on a magazine cover, the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 6, 2018

April 06, 2018

​Google celebrated Maya Angelou's birthday this week with this cover photo Dear friends,The big story this week in the United States is the record number of women running for the House of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 30, 2018

March 30, 2018

There was a fascinating story in Civil Georgia about the defeat of proposed gender quota legislation in Georgia which had the support of the prime minister, many members of parliament and civil society groups. I will...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 23, 2018

March 23, 2018

Deb Haaland - Native American woman candidate for Congress from New Mexico Dear friends, There was a piece by Lindsay Miller in Pop Sugar about Deb Haaland who could become the first...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 16, 2018

March 16, 2018

My dear friends, Last Saturday, The Hill ran my piece entitled "Congress, like Hollywood, has a female representation problem" which I wrote to encourage a conversation about concrete steps that we should be taking to advance...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 9, 2018

March 09, 2018

This week millions of women and men around the world celebrated International Women's Day. I learned from Wikipedia that IWD is considered an official state holiday in over 40 countries and that people across...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 2, 2018

March 02, 2018

I have been on the road this week in Canada with Jeanne Massey from FairVote Minnesota speaking to groups in cities that have already adopted ranked choice voting or will be voting to adopt...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

​ My dear friends, As I mentioned last week, RelfectUS - the new coalition of non-partisan organizations that are joining together to work for gender parity - is going live on March...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018

​The 2018 US Olympic bobsled team Dear readers,The 2018 US Olympic team is gender balanced in large part because of a system reform a generation ago called Title IX. Several years ago...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 9, 2018

February 09, 2018

Professor Jennifer Piscopo wrote in The New York Times this week about women's leadership in Latin America which has plateaued despite the adoption of gender quotas in recent years - most (if...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 2, 2018

February 02, 2018

​The year 2020 is fast-approaching so we have decided to change the name of Representation2020 to RepresentWomen. I like the simplicity of RepresentWomen and hope that you will too! I am attending...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 26, 2017

January 26, 2018

Awards season is upon us and though aspects of the ceremonies seem a tad superficial I have been struck by the power of celebrities to advance the conversation about gender equality -...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 13, 2018

January 13, 2018

Hello from Budapest!   I wasn't planning on posting but I was reminded that Alice Paul was born on January 11, 1885 - she was an eighth-generation Quaker, who graduated from Swarthmore...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 6, 2018

January 06, 2018

Dear sisters, It's been a busy start to 2018 with daily reminders of both the need for women to have an equal voice in elected/appointed offices and the potential for rapid change...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 29, 2017

December 29, 2017

Dear friends and allies, Barbara Lee, president and founder of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, penned a terrific piece that reflects what so many of us are thinking "We don;t need another...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

Dear friends, I decided a little poetry might be right for this week: Phenomenal Woman By Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

from Leda Black - find out more about her work here   Dear all, There will be 22 women in the US Senate once Tina Smith, the Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota since...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 8, 2017

December 08, 2017

Debra Rodman, Mehrnaz Teymourian, Vivian Watts, Cynthia Terrell, Danica Roem, Toni Gingerelli Dear friends, This week's missive will be very short as I am racing to get to a dear friend's book...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 1, 2017

December 01, 2017

Dear friends, As is often true, the most inspiring news I found this week on advancing gender parity comes from outside our borders. I hope that as we formulate and refine our...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017

​​The New York Times reported on the first American woman to win the NYC marathon in 40 years - advancing women's leadership on all fronts! ​Dear all, Women candidates made great strides...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 3, 2017

November 03, 2017

According to this story on the MintPress News the United States has fallen to 49 in ranking of gender equality in a new World Economic Forum report: The United States has made...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017

​ The Barbara Lee Family Foundation released their report Opportunity Knocks that tracks the recent increase in the number of women running for office and makes the compelling case that there has...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Dear all, The BBC reported on women's representation in the Communist Party and in governmental positions in China: Of the 89.4 million members of the Chinese Communist Party, just under 23 million...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation - New Zealand News - October

October 20, 2017

New Zealand has a new female prime minister Jacinda Ardern who joins just 12 other women heads of state world wide and at 37 is the youngest female head of state in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Man Finally Put In Charge of Struggling Feminist Movement What a week it's been friends, The latest issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine covers many parts of the women's representation mosaic from a great...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 6, 2017

October 06, 2017

Dear friends, Read this great piece from Politico complete with an interview with the fabulous Gwen Young, director of the Wilson Center's Global Women's Leadership Initiative, about the launch of their Global...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017

​​Dear friends, There was a terrific interview with Nadya Okamoto the 19 year old college student who is running for city council in Cambridge, MA - her passion for public service and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 22, 2017

September 22, 2017

​Happy autumn to everyone in the northern hemisphere! And happy election weekend to those who will be voting in New Zealand on Saturday and voting in Germany on Sunday. These two nations...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 15, 2017

September 15, 2017

​Jane Austen on the Bank of England's 10lb note - see great story here.Hello friends, The New York Times had several interesting pieces this week including this opinion piece entitled "Women's Voice...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 8, 2017

September 08, 2017

​ Dear friends, There was a fascinating story on NPR about a new study on attitudes about women lawmakers which found that women think that women legislators have more integrity and are...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 1, 2017

September 01, 2017

Dear friends, A little light reading for the holiday weekend from my marvelous daughter Anna Richie who wrote a piece comparing the number of years women have served as monarchs (4,990) versus...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

  Dear allies,Our friends at Latinas Represent have organized a Twitter Town Hall for this afternoon at 2pm to celebrate Women's Equality Day. A number of the leading non-partisan women's representation organizations...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 11, 2017

August 11, 2017

​ Dear friends, There is simply too much to do! This week will be short on content but long on appreciation! I am reminded daily of the absolutely necessary and fabulous work...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 4, 2017

August 04, 2017

Hello friends and allies, Writing again from the road in New Hampshire - the only state to get an 'A' on Rep2020's Gender Parity Index - so just a thumbnail sketch of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

Hello friends,This week's missive will be short because I am on a work/vacation road trip speaking and organizing in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts! I will be attending the National Conference of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 21, 2017

July 21, 2017

​Speakers at the Galvanize launch in Chicago this week Dear friends,This week marked the 169th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention where a group of women - who had been excluded from...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 14, 2017

July 14, 2017

Happy Bastille Day! There was a fascinating story from Malta Today about the proposal there to use separate ballots to triple the number of female MPs - a great example of party...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 7, 2017

July 07, 2017

​It's easy to count the number of female heads of state at the G20 Summit - just 4 of 36... Dear allies and friends, If you only have to skim this email...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

​I am thrilled to report that the Fair Representation Act (H.R. #3057) was introduced by Rep Don Beyer (D VA) on Monday. When passed (!), THe FairRepAct will eliminate gerrymandering, reduce polarization,...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017

Happy 45th anniversary of Title IX!I find Title IX inspiring because it established equitable educational and athletic opportunity for generations of girls and women in the United States but also because it...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017

​ Dear all, All eyes are on France this weekend to see the results from the final round of legislative elections this Sunday - read this article to rekindle your appreciation for...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 9, 2017

June 09, 2017

​ ​Hello all, There were key races on both sides of the Atlantic this week that ground Representation2020's analysis of the structural barriers facing female candidates and the impact of intentional actions...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 2, 2017

June 02, 2017

​Susannah Wellford and Laura Cox Kaplan joined Mika Brzezinski at an event at the Embassy of Germany that was focused on the "importance of authenticity, knowing and owning your value, and tackling...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

Dear friends and allies, I will keep this short as we all settle in for a longer-than-usual weekend. I am spending mine with my family in our very rustic cabin in the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

Dear friends,Nina Agrawal reports in the LA Times about the election of Monica Rodriguez to the Los Angeles City Council - her election doubles the number of women on the council and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017

​ Hello my friends, The best news this week for women is that newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron announced that half of his cabinet will be comprised of women and that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 5, 2017

May 05, 2017

​Don't forget to check out a 50/50 Day party near you on May 10th! If you are in the DC area come to the Rep2020 offices to view the film and celebrate...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

​Dear friends, Every week brings reminders of the pressing need to elect more women from across the racial, political, and geographic spectrum along with indications that our work is gaining traction. I...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Hello friends and allies, The Federalist ran a fascinating blog by Patrick Fletchall titled "When Pushing Women's Advancement, Big Businesses Are Hypocrites" - the entire piece is very worth reading but here...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017

​Kay Ivey being sworn in as governor of Alabama Hello allies,Louise Davidson-Schmich had an excellent piece on Vox's political science blog Mischiefs of Faction on the impact of quotas and voting systems...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 7, 2017

April 07, 2017

Jeanette Rankin addressing the House of Representatives April 1917 Dear parity enthusiasts! Heather Wolf sent along several articles for the listserv including this one from the Washington Post about Jeanette Rankin's decision...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 31, 2017

March 31, 2017

Hello everyone!As always, there is a lot happening in the world.This weekend will mark the centennial of women's representation in Congress. Republican Jeannette Rankin was elected from a multi-winner district in Montana...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 24, 2017

March 24, 2017

My dear friends, This edition will be some abbreviated as I am in transit for most of the day. My thoughtful husband sent along a couple good links to updates on likely...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women,commented on the UN report on women's representation and map showing where women hold office. Dear all, Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) wrote a very compelling piece...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 9, 2017

March 09, 2017

​(Iconic statue of Fearless Girl facing bull installed this week on Wall Street) My friends,There were of course many articles and news stories on the celebration of International Women's Day from the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 3. 2017

March 03, 2017

My dear friends, Great news for women's representation fans! Eighteen states now have ranked choice voting legislation pending and just today the Utah state house passed RCV with support from 75% of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

​Check out FairVote's new app to vote on the Oscar nominees using the same ranked choice voting system that the Oscar voters use! Once we work out all the kinks - your...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

​Dear friends, Hold onto your hats my friends, the United States now ranks 104th in women's representation among nations - dropping in just the last few weeks from 100th place. The US...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017

The incredible Tuti Scott created these nuggets of inspiration Dear friends, Congratulations to the terrific team at Running Start who organized an amazing celebration of #NewWomenMembers of Congress on Tuesday at the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 3, 2017

February 03, 2017

​Dear all, Groundhog Day. We all know the movie in which Bill Murray is destined to repeat the same year, year after year until he "begins to re-examine his life and priorities."...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017

Dear friends, NYMagazine profiles the 9 Black female judges who were elected in Alabama - an impressive development and a very interesting story. I am researching the number of women who get...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 20, 2017

January 20, 2017

​My friends, Anita Hill had a powerful piece in the Washington Post on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for women - she concludes with these words: In 2016, in the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

The Representation2020 team gather with Frances Perkins' grandson under her portrait in the office of the current Secretary of Labor! My dear friends, Susannah Wellford had yet another terrific piece in US...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 6, 2017

January 06, 2017

​Dear friends,There was a very interesting piece in Roll Call by Simone Pathe on funding models for republican women candidates which raises some very interesting questions about what motivates voters to donate...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016

​Canadian House of Commons Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There was a very interesting article in the New York Times by Susan Chira about what the next steps for women and feminists should...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 23, 2016

December 23, 2016

Dear gender parity listserv members,It's been a year of contrasts. While women of color and republican women won seats at the state and federal level they are still less represented than white...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 16, 2016

December 16, 2016

​For those of you following election outcomes in Ireland and the impact of the new gender quota law there this story in the Irish Times provides a good update. Dear friends,Laura Liswood...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

Hello friends,Last week I wrote from Brussels and this week I was visiting with women's representation experts in the UK.  Susannah Wellford and I had the privilege of speaking with a number...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 3, 2016

December 03, 2016

​Dear all, It has been such a pleasure to be in Brussels this week to talk with women from across Europe and the United States about strategies to elect more women to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016

​ Hello friends,Susannah Wellford - of Running Start - wrote a terrific piece in US News on how to move forward in our work together. She writes: Our country is so deeply...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016

Dear friends, I thought one of the best post-election pieces I read was this one by Michele Goodwin in Huffington Post entitled Tough Questions About Women and Politics in the Wake of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 11, 2016

November 11, 2016

Dear all, It has been quite a week. The much-anticipated election of the first woman president did not happen. The number of women governors declined from six to five - with three...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 4, 2016

November 04, 2016

  Wow.Only a few days to go in an election that has torn the scabs off the wound that is our electoral system. Regardless of the results up and down the ballot...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 28, 2016

October 28, 2016

Dear friends,I'll start with a brief election update though many of you who are on the ground in states may have a better sense of how state and federal races are unfolding.The...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

Finally, a reason to post a photo from the Trevi Fountain in Rome which graces this story from the London School of Economics and Political Science on how gender quotas are being...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 14, 2016

October 14, 2016

Dear all,Some food for thought to distract us from the madness of this election season...The Christian Science Monitor had a very interesting piece entitled How Women Lead Differently - a subject that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 7, 2016

October 07, 2016

Photo from a piece by Ashley Parker from Glamour that reviews some of the women who are shaping the 2016 election. Dear friends, Sophia Tesfaye had a piece in Salon on the...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016

Dear all, Elle did a great piece last week about women leaders around the world and the role that they have played shaping the debate on many different topics - there is...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016

  Dear allies for parity, I am sure many of you may have helped with the launch of IGNITE's new video and #DeclareYourAmbition campaign to ensure that our daughters and our friends' daughters are motivated to...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

Dear all, One of the most widely-shared stories this week was this one from the Washington Post that reflects on the role of women staffers in the White House and how they...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 9, 2016

September 09, 2016

Dear all, Jane Addams celebrated a birthday this week - born in 1860, Addams was a suffragist and founder of Hull House in Chicago. She became the first American woman to receive...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 1, 2016

September 02, 2016

Hello everyone, Sending this a day early as I am attending the American Political Science Association meeting in Philadelphia - I will try to track some of you down to learn more...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation

August 26, 2016

Happy Women's Equality Day,Time Magazine commemorated Women's Equality Day with a great graphic that illustrates the current representation of women - it won't surprise any of you but we have a long...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 19, 2016

August 19, 2016

This week there was an interesting - if not somewhat familiar - piece in Vox by Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh - Why Aren't There More Women In Congress? which has very...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 12, 2016

August 12, 2016

Greetings from the New Jersey Pine Barrens and cheers to all of you who are doing such terrific work! There are now 225 people on this list! I hope that you will...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Rerepsentation August 5, 2016

August 05, 2016

Annabelle Timsit writes a great piece for Politico entitled Women in Charge: A New Record?  that's an excellent look at women's executive leadership worldwide - she concludes:Without structural changes to the ways...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

What a couple weeks it has been! I wish I had time to report on all of the great events and progress at both of the conventions but I am rushing out...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

This week marked the 168th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Convention. I like to imagine the scene there on those hot days of July in upstate NY. The women in their...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 15, 2016

July 15, 2016

Dear all,One of the most (if not only?) upbeat stories of the week was the release of the new President and Vice President Barbie set. She Should Run teamed up with Barbie...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 8, 2016

July 08, 2016

  Dear all,The recent tumult in electoral outcomes and violence in our communities underscores for me the imperative of representative government. While it is not a salve for all the pain and...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 10, 2016

June 10, 2016

Marie Wilson is author of the very timely Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything - which makes a terrific graduation or Father's Day gift!Dear all,This was a momentous week for...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 4, 2016

June 04, 2016

Dear all,This week has been a busy one - wedged between one daughter's graduation from college, another daughter's graduation from high school, and my own 30th college reunion! I have had a...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

Dear all,The Washington Post waded into the thorny topic of gender bias in politics this week with a piece by Danny Hayes and Jennifer Lawless which draws from their new book Women...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016

Hello friends,Though I have no scientific evidence to back this, Friday seems to be getting a tad shorter each week - while the list of interesting news stories and work on women's...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

Dear friends,I can't possibly do justice to all the great work being done by so many but I will share a few stories that caught my eye this week.
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 5, 2016

May 05, 2016

Dear friends,The PBS News Hour had a good segment in April on the history of female presidential candidates - which is an important reminder of the long struggle to break that 'highest glass...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

Dear women's representation enthusiasts, There were several article on the results of the primaries held this week. One from the Baltimore Sun entitled As Barbara Mikulski makes way, Democratic women suffer election losses - this...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 22, 2016

April 22, 2016

Dear friends,The big news relating to gender parity this week was the long-anticipated announcement that an image of a woman would replace the image of a man on US currency - I...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 15, 2016

April 15, 2016

Dear all,I am very glad to be darting around the Bay Area this week connecting with all sorts of women's representation enthusiasts - meetings include mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf, elected with...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 8, 2016

April 08, 2016

Dear friends,I hope that you will check out the GenderAvenger website, watch their clever video, become a subscriber, learn what news commentary shows have the best gender balance, and get the GA Tally...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation

April 01, 2016

  Dear all, Sewall Belmont House announced the launch of the Women's Vote Centennial Initiative to plan for the 100th anniversary of suffrage in 2020. This blog by Stephanie Drahan on the League of Women Voters site is...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 25, 2016

March 25, 2016

Dear all,Several pieces caught my eye this week including a blog by Representation2020 intern Viviana Gonzalez on the history of using structural remedies like Title IX and the Civil Rights Act to address...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016

Dear friends,The celebrations of women's history month continue with plenty to read and absorb.I was very glad to take my 16 year old daughter to Running Start's10th anniversary gala this week in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

Dear friends,There were many great celebrations of International Women's Day this week - this Google Doodle - struck a a hopeful chord.
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 4, 2016

March 04, 2016

(poster for the massive suffrage parade on March 3rd, 1913)Dear women's representation enthusiasts,I am starting off Women's History Month on vacation with my sister and mother-in law so this week's compilation will...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

Dear all,This week I will be especially brief as I am racing out the door!Here are a couple things to read about women's representation that caught my eye.Sarah John, FairVote's research director,...
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Special Oscar Edition: Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2016

February 26, 2016

Hello movie fans!As some of you may know, the Academy uses ranked choice voting to select best picture, best actor, and best actress. You can learn more about how the Oscar voting...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 19, 2016

February 19, 2016

Dear all,Historical note:Susan B. Anthony - champion of women's suffrage and equality lived from February 15, 1820 to March 13, 1906. Her arrest for voting in 1872 led to a very public...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016

Dear friends,In a piece on Vox, Tez Clark revisits University of Chicago law professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos' paper that explores political power through the lens of race and gender. His conclusion is that...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 5, 2016

February 05, 2016

Dear friends,The extraordinary Frederick Douglass was born in February 1818 and died on February 20, 1895. His devotion to women's suffrage, among many causes, was so complete that in 1872 he was chosen...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

Dear friends,What a busy week in the world of presidential politics.Hats off yet again to the team at Presidential Gender Watch a program of the Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016

(from the fabulous offices of Whitman Insight Strategies - seems like a fitting challenge to us all!)Dear friends,I hope you have all had a great week and that those of you in...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 15, 2016

January 15, 2016

Dear friends,This week marked the birthday of Alice Paul, born in 1885 she was a suffragist, Quaker, author of the ERA, New Jersey born and bred, who said this about equality “when...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 8, 2016

January 08, 2016

Here are a couple of pieces that caught my eye this week:Adrienne Kimmell, executive director of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation wrote a piece that appeared in Refinery29 on the swearing double-standard...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December

December 31, 2015

Dear friends and allies,I thought I would share a few things that have captured my attention in the last couple weeks in case any of you are sitting around in front of...
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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015

Dear friends of gender parity,It's a busy time of year for all of us so I thought I would send along a couple videos to watch:The first video from Now This entitled: A United...
Topic:Weekend Reading

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015

Good Afternoon Friends,As a reminder, the Representation2020 team is sending regular, email updates on Friday afternoons to share information on the great work of our partners and friends on this listserv. If...
Topic:Weekend Reading

November Weekend Reading on Women's Representation

November 20, 2015

Good Afternoon Friends,As a reminder, the Representation2020 team is going to be sending regular, email updates on Friday afternoons to share information on the great work of our partners and friends on...

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