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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 22, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 22, 2016

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(from the fabulous offices of Whitman Insight Strategies - seems like a fitting challenge to us all!)

Dear friends,

I hope you have all had a great week and that those of you in the path of this blanket of snow are safe and sound. How fortunate we all are.

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Multi-Winner Districts Promote Women's Representaiton

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 21, 2016

By Sarah Weltz Geselowitz

Women are severely underrepresented in state government, making up just over 50% of the US population but less than 25% of state legislators nationwide (as of 2015). The factors informing this scanty representation are complex, but the result is clear: women’s voices, perspectives, and concerns are underrepresented in the seats of state power.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation January 15, 2016

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 15, 2016

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Dear friends,

This week marked the birthday of Alice Paul, born in 1885 she was a suffragist, Quaker, author of the ERA, New Jersey born and bred, who said this about equality “when the Quakers were founded, one of their principles was and is equality of the sexes. So I never had any other idea, the principle was always there” and this about the the Woman's Party "it's made up of women of all races, creeds and nationalities who are united on the one program of working to raise the status of women." Google celebrated with the image above and Heavy.com published Alice Paul: 5 Facts You Need to Know.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 31, 2015

Dear friends and allies,

I thought I would share a few things that have captured my attention in the last couple weeks in case any of you are sitting around in front of a cozy fire this weekend looking for a distraction from newly-acquired novels and weighty periodicals.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 18, 2015

By on December 18, 2015

Dear friends of gender parity,

It's a busy time of year for all of us so I thought I would send along a couple videos to watch:

The first video from Now This entitled: A United Nations Report Shows the U.S. is Failing Women At All Levels, is a sobering reminder of the many challenges we face as we begin our work together in the new year.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 11, 2015

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 11, 2015

Good Afternoon Friends,

As a reminder, the Representation2020 team is sending regular, email updates on Friday afternoons to share information on the great work of our partners and friends on this listserv. If you’d like us to include something, please email Cynthia (cynthia@representation20202.com) with a link or attachment by Friday morning. In supporting each other, we ask that you “like,” share, “<3 [heart],” retweet, and post in the comment sections of these various pieces!

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Student Government: A Confidence Booster for College Women

By Emily Agliano on December 02, 2015

Serving in student government is often seen as an important launching pad into higher elected offices. Educational institutions provide a way for students to become engaged in elected office at a crucial age. Understanding politics, being engaged at a young age, and being in a leadership position is a good way to spark civic interest and encourage young people to run. Richard NixonRonald Reagan, and Bill Clinton all served as presidents of their student governments while in college.

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November Weekend Reading on Women's Representation

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 20, 2015

Good Afternoon Friends,

As a reminder, the Representation2020 team is going to be sending regular, email updates on Friday afternoons to share information on the great work of our partners and friends on this listserv. If you’d like us to include something, please email me and/or Cynthia with a link or attachment by Friday morning. In supporting each other, we ask that you “like,” share, “<3,” retweet, and post in the comment sections of these various pieces.

 

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Locally, Voting Systems Affect Women's Representation

By Emily Agliano on November 03, 2015

Women are incredibly underrepresented at all levels of government and cities are no exception. Representation2020 analyzed America’s 100 largest cities and ranked them in order of percentage of women’s representation on their city councils. A mere 16 out of the 100 largest cities have 50 percent or higher women’s representation on their city councils. Only 14 of these cities have a female mayor.

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