Women Taking Steps in SD Government

Aberdeen News. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 17, 2014

But politically active women in South Dakota — and beyond — are taking steps to expand their representation. It’s important to elect women, because governments that reflect their constituencies are stronger and draw voter participation, said Cynthia Terrell, chair of the project Representation 2020, a national group that promotes gender balance in governments.

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Education is Vastly Important for Women Worldwide

Education is Vastly Important for Women Worldwide. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on May 16, 2014

However, according to the nonprofit group Representation 2020, only about 20 percent of political offices in the U.S. are occupied by women. The U.S. ranks 95th worldwide in the percentage of women who hold high political offices in that country.

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Virginia's Glass Ceiling

The Virginia Vibe. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 02, 2013

Representation 2020 created an index that formulates women’s parity and Virginia’s score was 4.5 out of 50. 50 is the score that reflects equality. This is the lowest score of any state in the nation and the people of Virginia should fight for more women in office in order to get on the same level as the rest of the country.

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In Virginia politics, the glass ceiling has few cracks

Washington Post. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 29, 2013

Home to four of our nation’s first five presidents, Virginia was an early leader in American democracy. Today it holds a less noble position: worst in the nation in electing women to office.

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Women and politics: the amazing tale of Jeannette Rankin

Minneapolis Post. Posted by Eric Black on August 13, 2013

According to an outfit called Representation 2020, five out of 50 states currently have women governors. According to the U.S. Census, women make up 51 percent of the population, but 10 percent of the governors.

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Parties must show leadership in promoting gender parity

The Hill. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 13, 2013

Achieving gender parity will require a shift in perspective and innovative strategies. Training and exhortation are needed, but we also must take on structural and institutional barriers to women’s representation.

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