By Cynthia Richie Terrell on September 09, 2016
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“If we get a government that reflects more of what this country is really about, we can turn the century -- and the economy -- around.” - Bella Abzug
Today marks the 45th annual Women’s Equality Day, decreed by a joint resolution of Congress in 1971. August 26th holds a special significance in the fight for women’s equality for multiple reasons, all of which contributed to lifting women up in the United States. Most historically, on August 26th, 1920, the 19th Amendment was signed into effect by the Secretary of State, following ratification by two-thirds of states. The 19th Amendment, after a nearly 100 year fight, affirmed that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”
This week there was an interesting - if not somewhat familiar - piece in Vox by Sarah Kliff and Soo Oh - Why Aren't There More Women In Congress? which has very snazzy graphics but falls short of offering a robust set of solutions that address the panoply of structural and systemic obstacles to women's electoral success. The authors do conclude, however, with a key point that Representation2020 has been raising:Read more
August 18th, 1920: a date that holds great significance in the history of our country and our Constitution. On this day 96 years ago, Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment, and as the 36th state to do so, effectively signed the Amendment into the Constitution, and thus, law.Read more
Greetings from the New Jersey Pine Barrens and cheers to all of you who are doing such terrific work! There are now 225 people on this list! I hope that you will send along any articles or info about events that you would like shared with the list - and I will add it to my end-of-the-week missive!
Annabelle Timsit writes a great piece for Politico entitled Women in Charge: A New Record? that's an excellent look at women's executive leadership worldwide - she concludes:
Without structural changes to the ways in which women are recruited into politics—whether parliamentary quotas or more equitable funding regulations—women are likely to continue to lag behind men when it comes to running for office. A 2013 American University study, for instance, found that 63 percent of college women asked about potentially running for office one day said they had “never thought about it,” compared to 43 percent of college men polled.
What a couple weeks it has been! I wish I had time to report on all of the great events and progress at both of the conventions but I am rushing out of the office to hop on yet another flight! Many thanks for all of the fabulous receptions, events, panels, and meetings that you helped to organize or support from afar.
You need no reminder from me that this last week was particularly momentous with the nomination of Hilary Rodham Clinton as the first major-party presidential candidate. This week was also the 97th anniversary of Arkansas ratifying suffrage - what symmetry!Read more
This week marked the 168th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Convention. I like to imagine the scene there on those hot days of July in upstate NY. The women in their long dresses and the men in their now-formal-looking attire rolling up their sleeves to write the Declaration of Sentiments and launch a movement for suffrage and equality. Frederick Douglass attended the sessions hosted by local Quakers whose homes were also used as stops on the Underground Railroad. Lucretia Mott's bold vision for equality and oratorical skills convinced many of those assembled to sign the Declaration.Read more