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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 22, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 22, 2022

Greta Thunberg, painted by Melanie Humble

Dear fans of gender balance in politics, 
The first Earth Day was celebrated 52 years ago and was intended to raise awareness about threats to the environment in the United States, since then the day has grown to include calls for action to address a changing climate - around the globe. Women have always been at the heart of the movement, from Rachel Carson, whose seminal work Silent Spring introduced generations of lawmakers to the dangers of pesticides, to Greta Thunberg, whose climate activism has challenged world leaders to work harder to protect the planet, to young women like my daughter Becca Richie, whose work with Climate Clock provides a clear and urgent timetable for action.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 15, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 15, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson
 
Dear friends of women's representation,
While it has been amazing to read all the stories about the confirmation of Judge Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, Black women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government. There are bright spots - like the NYC Council that is now led by women of color - due in part to the combination of 21 in 21, public financing, and ranked choice voting. But according to this piece by Glynda Carr, Monica Simpson, and Leah Daughtry in USA Today we have a lot of work to do to reach a democracy that reflects the communities it represents:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 8, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 08, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to a seat on the Supreme Court
Dear friends of women's representation,
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court when Justice Breyer retires at the end of this term. It bears repeating that Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court - of the 115 people to have served just 5 have been women. And while the hearings were at times contentious, 3 Republican senators - all of whom happen to be from states that use ranked choice voting - voted to confirm Judge Jackson. Here is a snippet from The New York Times coverage of this historic event:

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to be elevated to the pinnacle of the judicial branch in what her supporters hailed as a needed step toward bringing new diversity and life experience to the court.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 1, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 01, 2022

Women now hold 61% of seats on the NY city council
 
Dear fans of gender balance of in politics,
This week RepresentWomen hosted an event with women leaders in NYC including NY Attorney General Letitia James, 21 in 21 CEO Jessica Haller, Hamilton Consulting Group president Katharine Pichardo-Erskine, & NYC councilmembers Crystal Hudson, Carmen De La Rosa, Amanda Farias, & Nantasha Williams. Speakers discussed their experience of running successfully for office in a ranked choice voting election and shared why they support RCV! You can watch the conversation here.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 25, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 25, 2022

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson 
 
Dear fans of women's representation,
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a "model of composure" in the face of "egregious behavior of some on the Republican side" according to The Washington Post editorial board. 
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin did not mince words in her column on the proceedings and the efforts by some to undermine the nomination of Judge Jackson:

It was then Jackson’s turn. She thanked God, her glowing family, her friends and her country. She invoked Justice Stephen G. Breyer, for whom she clerked, a not-too-subtle reminder that if the Senate found him acceptable, there should be no reason to oppose her. She gave a nod to Constance Baker Motley, the first African American woman appointed to the federal judiciary. And Jackson reaffirmed her “careful adherence to precedent,” acknowledging her tendency to write long opinions so people know exactly her reasons for deciding a case. (If only the Supreme Court’s right-wing justices felt similarly and stopped abusing the “shadow docket” and issuing orders without written opinions.)

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 18, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 18, 2022

Women speakers at the Democracy Solutions Summit
Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
The inaugural Democracy Solutions Summit hosted by RepresentWomen last week was a big success with 45 amazing women speakers, over 300 participants registered for each day, and over 17,000 views of the landing page for the Summit! 
If you missed the proceedings you can read the full transcript and listen to the recordings for:
  • Day One: Fair Elections – Upgrading How We Vote & Finance Campaigns
  • Day Two: Fair Access: The Electoral College, Voting Rights & the Legacy of Lani Guinier 
  • Day Three: Fair Representation: House Expansion, Redistricting, Ranked Choice Voting, & the Fair Representation Act 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 11. 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 11, 2022

Women demonstrate on International Women's Day in Mexico, which has achieved gender parity in government. Karen Melo/Getty Images

 
Dear friends,
Tuesday marked the day, each year, that is set aside to celebrate women, so in that spirit, this week's blog will highlight some perspectives on international women's representation. 
RepresentWomen's Strategic Partnerships Manager Katie Usalis wrote this terrific piece for The Fulcrum on her reflections on International Women's Day:
March 8 was International Women’s Day, established by our foremothers in 1910 as a day for women to join together and fight for equal rights. Although it has essentially evolved into International Virtue Signaling Day by governments, corporations and groups across the globe that aren’t actually doing much for women’s rights, I think it is an important opportunity to reflect on the status of women.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 4, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 04, 2022

Judge Katanji Brown Jackson
Dear women's representation enthusiasts,
President Joe Biden nominated Judge Katanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. If confirmed Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman on the highest court in the land. According to this piece in The Grio, women leaders from a number of key organizations are featured in a video urging swift confirmation:

The 30-second ad, released on Thursday by liberal advocacy group Demand Justice and exclusively previewed by theGrio, features MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting, National Women’s Law Center President and CEO Fatima Goss Graves, Planned Parenthood Federation of America President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, Advancement Project Executive Director Judith Browne Dianis and National Education Association President Becky Pringle.  

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 25, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 25, 2022

Current women presidents and prime ministers, who are members of Women Political Leaders
Dear friends,
I was reminded today of Joni Mitchell's opening lyrics to California:

Sitting in a park in Paris, France
Reading the news and it sure looks bad
They won't give peace a chance
That was just a dream some of us had...

 
The ongoing health crisis, the challenges to democracy, and the conflict between Russia and Ukraine dominated the news cycle this week. Women presidents, prime ministers, cabinet ministers, and members of parliament have signed a letter urging an "immediate ceasefire in Ukraine" and calling on the government of Iceland to host peace dialogue:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 18, 2022

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on February 18, 2022

Dear fans of women's representation and leadership,
According to Encyclopedia Britannica about 70 of the world's 193 countries have had a female head of state. Interestingly, the United States is one of a handful of the world's most populous countries (others include China, Russia, Nigeria, and Mexico) that have never elected a woman leader. While there are many reasons that a woman hasn't been elected president in the U.S. it's clear that there are many binders brimming with women who are more than qualified. 

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