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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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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 21, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on September 21, 2018

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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 and implementation have been a challenge, women are 'claiming their place in Somalia politics":

Women’s participation in Somali politics has traditionally been low, and a controversial topic in the country. Somali society typically ascribes to more conservative notions of a woman’s role in family and community life, rarely envisioning a position of political leadership in a male-dominated system. This has been changing, but there’s a long road ahead.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 14, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on September 14, 2018

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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.

An analysis from Politico found that women in the Democratic Party have clinched 180 House nominations this cycle; at least 133 Democratic House nominees are people of color, and 158 are first-time candidates, there being some overlap among the three categories.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 7, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on September 07, 2018

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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 of State Legislatures while "Louisiana’s Nov. 6, 2018, election is an all-comers primary, where candidates of all parties are listed on one ballot together. If no candidate for a race receives a majority of the votes, the winner will be determined in a runoff on December 8." As a reminder, the runoff elections that are triggered in Louisiana & elsewhere, if no candidate wins a majority, are costly and fewer voters participate in them making ranked choice voting a sensible solution.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 31, 2018

By Cynthia Terrell on August 31, 2018

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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 us fill the room with women's representation allies! Do let me know if you have any questions or would like to be on the host committee!

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