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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 29, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 29, 2016


Dear women's representation enthusiasts,

There were several article on the results of the primaries held this week. One from the Baltimore Sun entitled As Barbara Mikulski makes way, Democratic women suffer election losses - this piece and others are a reminder that if we are to win gender parity in our lifetimes we must pursue strategies that are based on institutional change. These recruitment rules and voting system changes have made the difference for women in the 94 countries that rank above the US in women's representation.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 22, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 22, 2016


Dear friends,

The big news relating to gender parity this week was the long-anticipated announcement that an image of a woman would replace the image of a man on US currency - I am very glad for this 'progress' and for the recognition of the heroism of Harriet Tubman but if women are to gain equal footing in all things whilst we are still alive to revel in it we better speed up the process! Airports, cities, streets, law schools, and buildings are all overdue to be named after women! You can read all the details in this story in the New York Times - 3 out of the 5 women to be featured on the 'back' of the new $10 bill were Quaker!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 15, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 15, 2016

Dear all,

I am very glad to be darting around the Bay Area this week connecting with all sorts of women's representation enthusiasts - meetings include mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf, elected with ranked choice voting, Joan Blades of Moms Rising & Living Room Conversations, Betsy McKinney from It's Time Network, Alan Davis, Steve Silberstein and others too! Very sorry to miss Claire Moshenberg from the Gender Avenger team, and Betsy Cotton from Close the Gap CA that focuses their considerable talent on winning gender parity in the California legislature!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 25, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 25, 2016


Dear all,

Several pieces caught my eye this week including a blog by Representation2020 intern Viviana Gonzalez on the history of using structural remedies like Title IX and the Civil Rights Act to address an unlevel playing field for women and girls. The success of these programs grounds my belief that structural reforms must be a component of our work for parity.

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The United States' Long History of Looking to Structural Solutions to Entrenched Social Inequality

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 24, 2016

By Viviana Gonzalez

​Americans have long looked to structural solutions to remedy inequality. One of the most influential instances of this type of solution is the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a monumental law that met pervasive issues of discrimination with structural solutions. It addressed the social problem of de facto discrimination against minorities by creating legal avenues for victims to remedy discrimination based on religion, race, color, or national origin. However, the Civil Rights Act is not the only instance in which the federal government has turned to structural remedies. There are many other examples, including the Voting Rights Act 1965, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972. Turning to structural solutions is an American tradition.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 17, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 17, 2016

Dear friends,

The celebrations of women's history month continue with plenty to read and absorb.

I was very glad to take my 16 year old daughter to Running Start's10th anniversary gala this week in Washington, DC. Madeline Albright was honored at the fabulous event that featured an impressive array of women - from student leaders to members of Congress. Congratulations to the Running Start leadership and staff on an incredible evening! I am happy to report that my daughter was very inspired!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 4, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 04, 2016


(poster for the massive suffrage parade on March 3rd, 1913)

Dear women's representation enthusiasts,

I am starting off Women's History Month on vacation with my sister and mother-in law so this week's compilation will be brief so that I can get back to the many novels I brought to read!

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