How to close the massive gender gap in Congress

How to close the massive gender gap in Congress. Posted by Li Zhou on August 14, 2019

Women's lives improve when government is more inclusive. So let's do this already.  Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois lawmaker who is charged with ensuring House Democrats hold on to their majority, had some brutally honest words for a 20-something woman asking when Congress might see gender parity. “Probably in your lifetime, not mine,” Bustos, a 57-year-old Congress member in her fourth term, said during a March event. At the gathering, hosted by the Wing in Washington, DC, Bustos spoke at length about the need to recruit more women to the Democratic Party (she’d like to get to set a new record in the House, building on the 89 who are currently serving) while recognizing just how many challenges remain.

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RepresentWomen's Cynthia Richie Terrell on How American Women Can Win at the Ballot Box

RepresentWomen's Cynthia Richie Terrell on How American Women Can Win at the Ballot Box. Posted by RepresentWomen on July 11, 2019

By Lindsey Ellefson The electoral system is rigged against women in the U.S., Cynthia Terrell, founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, said Thursday at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, D.C. While noting that the U.S. continues to lag far behind other countries worldwide in female representation in elected office, Terrell said that there are concrete steps that can be taken to correct the situation.

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A Better Way to Honor Women's History Month

A Better Way to Honor Women's History Month. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 30, 2019

Sojourner Truth didn’t deliver her iconic “Ain’t I a Woman?” address for the sake of an inspirational Instagram post. Susan B. Anthony didn’t champion women’s voting rights for a special museum exhibit. A women-themed happy hour was hardly the motivation for Sacagawea’s dangerous trek across the country with Lewis and Clark.

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Stronger together, Pa.'s 'Fab Four' women lawmakers make their mark on Capitol Hill

Stronger together, Pa.'s 'Fab Four' women lawmakers make their mark on Capitol Hill. Posted by Allison Stevens on February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Last fall, four women from Pennsylvania won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, breaking up the state’s all-male congressional delegation and making history in the process. The women, all Democrats, supported each other along the way, holding joint fundraisers, meeting up for margaritas, and consulting each other about how to manage joint media appearances — discussing everything from what to say to what to wear. They’re called the “Fab Four.” 

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A Turning Tide

Business Post. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 19, 2018

The developments are to be welcomed, but with the right amount of scrutiny, according to Cynthia Richie Terrell, the founder and director of RepresentWomen, a nonpartisan organisation that works to advance female representation in appointed and elected office. “I would say this year definitely feels different,” she says. “But there’s a caveat.” Terrell used as an explanatory crutch the ‘excalibur’ scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (“Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!”). “Like the handing out of swords, resignation by men due to predatory sexual behaviour and other scandals, leaving openings for women, cannot be the basis of our revolution,” she says with a small laugh.

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The way is still not easy for women candidates

The way is still not easy for women candidates. Posted by RepresentWomen on August 19, 2018

By Judy Wertheimer  Michele Knoll, running for state House in the 44th District, tells about an event she attended where she was accosted by a man she’d just met. “He snagged me around my waist and pulled me to him, hip to shoulder,” and wouldn’t let go. As a 61-year-old married woman with grown kids, she says, it’s surprising to discover “there doesn’t seem to be an expiration date” on that kind of behavior.

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Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson: PA's First Black Woman in Congress?

Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson: PA's First Black Woman in Congress?. Posted by RepresentWomen on April 19, 2018

By Millennial Politics Team  While Pennsylvania’s congressional districts have been redrawn over the past few weeks, candidates are doing their best to acclimate and adapt to the changing campaign landscape. Districts changing mid-cycle was unexpected, but PA-10 candidate Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson is certainly up for the challenge.

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Closing the Gender Gap in US Politics panel discussion

Closing the Gender Gap in US Politics panel discussion. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 29, 2018

The United States has fallen behind most established democracies in women’s representation in politics. Women remain underrepresented at the federal, state, and local levels, and the current uptick in women running for office is unlikely to close this gender gap. Saskia Brechenmacher will discuss key findings from her new paper, “Tackling Women’s Underpresentation in U.S. Politics: Comparative Perspectives from Europe,” with Cynthia Terrell and Michelle Whittaker, experienced political organizers and gender equality advocates.

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Congress, like Hollywood, has a female representation problem

The Hill. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 10, 2018

Frances McDormand ended her Best Actress acceptance speech on Sunday night with a phrase so new to people that it immediately spiked on Google, trended on Twitter and became the top search of the night on Merriam-Webster.com. "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she said. What is an inclusion rider? Essentially, it’s a clause that actors and actresses could include into movie contracts that insisted on fair representation of women and people of color, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

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