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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 16, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on November 16, 2018

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(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 my very own copy)
Dear friends,
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(Shirley Chisholm)
This week marks the 50th anniversary of Shirley Chisholm's historic election to Congress as the first African American woman to serve in the US House of Representatives - now half a century later, women of color comprise a large percentage of the women democrats in the House.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 9, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on November 09, 2018

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(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!
There were indeed a lot of new faces and MANY 'firsts' elected to Congress and state houses this week with votes in some states still being tallied - that's the great news, but republican women's representation fell in Congress and that will remain a challenge for the short term at least. The National Conference of State Legislatures and the Center for American Women and Politics have of course done a great job tracking the results and here is where things stand at the moment:
  • 9 women will serve as governors 6D, 3R
  • 22 women serve in the U.S. Senate 16D, 6R
  • 101 women will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives 88D, 13R
  • US now ranks 75th among nations - tied with Bulgaria - in 1998 US ranked 60th

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

By Cynthia Terrell on November 05, 2018

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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 to take a moment to thank all the terrific candidates and the groups and individuals who have helped them make this year a milestone for women candidates.
Thank you.
Thanks to the candidates, thanks to all of you who have supported the candidates, thanks to the many organizations who have identified & guided the candidates, thanks to all the donors who have helped to make their campaigns viable, and thanks to all those who have supported their wives/mothers/daughters/sisters as they run for office.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 26, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on October 26, 2018

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(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 Addis Standard cited top government officials as confirming that Ambassador Sahle-Work Zewde, a top official with the United Nations, UN, was due to be Mulatu’s replacement.

Zewde was until recently, the UN Director General at its offices in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. She is currently the Special representative of the UN Secretary-General to the African Union, AU.

Sahle-work has a rich ambassadorial track record having served as Ethiopian ambassador to several countries previously. Her resignation from the UN role this week is said to be to allow her take the new position of president.

She is all set to be the first woman president of Ethiopia, but only after the joint session of the two legislative houses vote her to the role tomorrow. The vote is seen as a mere formality.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 19, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on October 19, 2018

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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 try the path of shorter links so that you are not overwhelmed by text!
Carly Fiorina, GOP candidate for president during the 2016 primary season, had a very compelling piece in the Washington Post today. I hope that you will read the entire piece but here is a snippet:
We won’t change things substantively unless we change our mind-set. When talent is squandered, when human potential is crushed, when someone’s spirit is broken, we all lose. When I counsel organizations on diversity and inclusion, I always start somewhere else entirely. As the statistics amply demonstrate, most of the money spent on diversity and inclusion training is wasted. I focus organizations on achievement and excellence, not sensitivity and “being nice.” Teams discover that to accomplish more and perform at a higher level, they need to include others around the table. When people learn that diversity is in their own self-interest, not just the morally right thing to do, behavior changes and real inclusion begins.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 12, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on October 12, 2018

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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 mockery of Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi, tweeted #HimToo in support of their sons who might one day be, in their eyes, unfairly accused of assault?

On the left, they’re being reviled as gender traitors, depicted as betraying the sisterhood and acting against their own best interests. The Democrats’ hope for a blue wave rests on female voters coming out to register their displeasure with the president’s party. Women will be acting as a political force.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 5, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on October 05, 2018

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(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 office - this is a terrific example of a systems reform that is necessary to level the playing field for women in politics:

Each weekday, after work and just before dark, there is a small window during which—as a candidate for a House seat in Connecticut’s state legislature—I have a precious few hours to knock on doors and introduce myself to voters.

It isn’t uncommon for me to have my 3-year-old daughter, Parker, in tow. The reason: I can’t always afford a babysitter.

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Meet the Team: Jiakun 'Jack' Li

By Jiakun Li on October 03, 2018

Hello! My name is Jiakun ‘Jack’ Li, the new research intern at RepresentWomen. I am a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University Applied Economics Program, a teaching assistant at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for Macroeconomics, and a research assistant on STATA programming and code replication for Assistant Professor Ryan Kim at SAIS. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, a city bursting with endless nightlife and countless entertainment. After work, I enjoy trying out new restaurants (I appreciate all types of cuisine, especially Chinese, Thai and Italian), working out, playing board games (Settler of Catan) and watching GoT/West World. In addition, I love learning new languages (Spanish in progress) and hope to achieve Italian or Portuguese next.

In January 2017, I landed in Washington, D.C. and I witnessed the historical outcome of the 2016 presidential election. I was deeply struck due to the subsequent influence of politics on people’s daily lives, such as the 2018 Tax Reform and the termination of DACA program, which strengthened my interest in politics and led to the research internship at RepresentWomen.

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Meet the Team: Courtney Lamendola

By Courtney Lamendola on October 01, 2018

When I signed up for “Theories of International Relations” last year, I never expected to learn as much about feminism as I did.  And yet, while sitting in my first class, I was introduced to the works of J. Ann Tickner – a feminist IR theorist who argues that omitting women from political theory leads to women being omitted from political practice.  Through that class, I learned that there are structural causes for the underrepresentation of women in politics, and that this is evident not only in the makeup of our leaders, but also in how our future leaders are being taught.  

Studying Tickner motivated me to learn more about what can be done to remove the barriers that prevent women from being elected into office.  Because representation matters. Whether it’s a name on a book or a ballot, representation encourages participation – and I strongly believe that it is necessary to create more opportunities for women to be representatives in this country.  What I did not anticipate, was how quickly I would find this opportunity.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 28, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on September 28, 2018

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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 Eleanor Roosevelt said "There is just a chance that this is not a time when women should be patient." We are indeed well-past the time for patience on many fronts.
I suspect that all of you are feeling pressed for time - I certainly am - so I will share just a few articles that caught my eye this week.

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