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 "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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It's Time to Retire the "Year of the Woman"

Refinery29. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 08, 2018

Every two years, we get the same irritating question: Will this year be the next “Year of the Woman?” With a record number of women stepping forward this year to run for office, the phone calls from reporters are already starting to come in. While both of us have spent decades working to elect women, we want to say unequivocally that it’s time to retire the term “Year of the Woman” once and for all.

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South Carolina ranked as one of the worst states for women

50 States of Blue. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 08, 2018

South Carolina ranks 46th out of 50 states in terms of women’s representation in the legislature over time, according to Representation 2020, an advocacy group for women running for public office. The legislature has seen just a one percent increase of women since 1993. The state fares better on Representation 2020’s Gender Parity Index, ranking 24th and scoring 5 times higher than it did in 1993.

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Can this group close the gender gap in politics for good?

The Lily. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 07, 2018

As co-founder of Higher Heights for America, Kimberly Peeler-Allen has spent the better part of a decade trying to boost black women in politics. Despite her efforts, Peeler-Allen found herself feeling frustrated by the sluggish pace of change. When she turned to fellow advocates working to elect women to office, she heard a similar concerns. “Even with all the resources that have been put into electing women, we haven’t seen the gains that we have all hoped to have seen,” Peeler-Allen recalled. “So we said it’s time to try to do something different.”

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'Girl' seats and 'boy' seats? Md. Democrats say separate party positions will bring parity

The Washington Post. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 06, 2018

There’s a surge of Democratic women running for office in Maryland this year — and party officials say they want to make sure it stays that way. New rules in place for the June 26 primary mean Democratic voters in 17 counties, some for the first time, will vote separately for men and women who are seeking central party positions.

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MD's new gender balance rules

Seventh State. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 05, 2018

I wanted to respond thoughtfully to Ed Kimmel’s Seventh State blog about the Maryland State Democratic Central Committee’s recent decision to adopt new rules to achieve gender balance by popular election on our county and state central committees.

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This Beauty Brand Wants to Put More Women in Office

Refinery29. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 22, 2018

There’s no easy way around it: Women are vastly underrepresented in elected and appointed political positions. According to research from RepresentWomen, a nonpartisan initiative committed to achieving gender parity in office, the U.S. has fewer women in legislative positions than in 98 other countries in the world. Things aren’t much better on the domestic front, either. According to the group’s 2018 Gender Parity Index Report, women have progressed less than 40% down the road to equal representation, a figure that’s slowed in recent years.

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Tackling women's under-representation in US politics

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 20, 2018

The United States has fallen behind most established democracies with respect to women’s representation in politics. Women remain underrepresented at the federal, state, and local levels. The current uptick in women running for office, while encouraging, is unlikely to close this gender gap. To accelerate the pace of progress, U.S. reformers could learn from European experiences and push for measures that tackle broader institutional barriers to equal political representation.

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