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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 10, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on September 10, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
In stark contrast to the new restrictive legislation in Texas, Mexico has legalized reproductive rights for women and, according to this article in The Washington Post, women have reached gender parity in Congress. As a refresher, Mexico uses a proportional voting system & instituted gender quotas for women in government - Mexico now ranks 6th worldwide for the percentage of women in the lower house of parliament:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation September 3, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on September 03, 2021

Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
The 2020 Paralympic Games are underway in Tokyo this week with impressive wins for women in many different competitions. High numbers of women competing and winning in athletics, however, does not of course reflect women's representation in politics or government. While this is true the world over it's especially pertinent in the United States where very few disabled women serve in elected office. 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 27, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 27, 2021

Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Warren, Fannie Lou Hamer, Condi Rice, Coretta Scott King, Ashley Judd, Tina Tchen, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm, Michelle Obama, Tammy Duckworth
Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Women's Equality Day was established in 1973 by Congress - at the request of Rep Bella Abzug - to commemorate passage of the 19th Amendment. Efforts to elevate the importance of women's equality help to change the narrative about the importance of women's equality, but as Erin Vilardi, CEO of VoteRunLead writes, we must move from recognizing the importance of women's equality to embracing the imperative for women's leadership:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 20, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 20, 2021

Sharon Nelson, Kathy Hochul & RepresentativeCarolyn Maloney
Dear friends, 
News of the tragedy unfolding in Haiti, the rise of the Delta variant, and the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan dominate the headlines this week but there are a few other stories that have garnered media attention including the resignation of New York governor Andrew Cuomo. I wrote about his successor, lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul, who will become the 1st woman governor of my home state joining a very small club of women who have served as governor - just 2% of all governors, in US history, have been women.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 6, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 06, 2021

Dear fans of women's representation,
The winners of the Equality Can't Wait Challenge (funded by Melinda French Gates & Mackenzie Scott among others) were announced last week and represent an impressive array of interventions to advance women's equality and equity. The winners include National Domestic Workers Alliance & Caring Across GenerationsAda Developers Academy, Girls IncNew Mexico Community Capital & Native Women Lead, Free From,and IGNITE. Learn more about the awardees and the additional finalists at Equality Can't Wait. Here is a snippet about each project:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 30, 2021

By Maura Reilly on July 30, 2021

With the onset of the 2021 (or possibly the 2020) Olympic games, I’m honestly not sure which, there is a plethora of stories coming out about the athletes, the competitions and the winners. All  of which we can learn from and apply to all walks of life.

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RepresentWomen Begins the Process of Language Accessibility

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 30, 2021

by Cynthia Richie Terrell and Alex-Michelle Parr

There is a common misconception that English is the national language of the United States, when in fact, the U.S. has no official language at the federal level. And, although English remains the de facto language of the U.S., more than 350 languages are spoken across the country with roughly 91 million people speaking a language other than English at home. 

Despite the linguistic diversity that exists in the United States, language comprehension continues to be a structural barrier for many individualsespecially when it comes to voter education materials, electoral reform information, and candidate recruitment and training. With such a large percentage of our population having a native language other than English, many people remain at a disadvantage when it comes to understanding pertinent voting information, resources about running for office, and policy proposals that advance women’s representation and leadership.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 23, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 23, 2021

Susannah Wellford, Mika Brzezinski, and Laura Cox Kaplan, RepresentWomen
Dear fans of gender balance in politics,
Journalist Mika Brzezinksi, who launched the Know Your Value platform on NBC 15 years ago, wrote this piece on what's next in the work for gender equality for a series celebrating the first 25 years of MSNBC:

For 15 years, "Know Your Value," my platform with NBC, has been committed to pay equity and equal representation. And it was my own personal story that led to my first book, “Know Your Value,” which is the foundation for the KYV platform. I teach women and minorities the part of the equation that they can control, which is based on effective communication and authenticity. Back in 2011 when I first wrote “Know Your Value” I could not believe that I would tell the story of my own pay equity issues at MSNBC and have it published with their endorsement. But this is who we are. As far as we’ve come over the past 25 years, I know there is a long road ahead for true equity across business, politics, education, and all facets of life.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 16, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 16, 2021

Dear friends,
Members of the United States Senate, who wield an enormous amount of political power, continue to be old, White, wealthy and male. Only 2.9% of all Senators since 1789 have been women and just two Black women have served in the U.S.Senate. I wrote a piece in Divided We Fall about strategies to address this representation crisis including gender quotas for the Senate and a commitment from gatekeepers to support women for open seats. Changing the system is hard, I know, but it's the most effective way to address systemic barriers in the American political system:

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 9, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on July 09, 2021

Dear friends,
The votes have been counted in the New York City primary and, while the city will have to wait at least another four years for a woman mayor, turnout was the highest its been in 30 years, 95% of voters found the ranked choice voting ballot easy to use, and women are projected to hold the majority of seats on the NYC council after the general election in November.

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