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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 28, 2021

By Maura Reilly on May 28, 2021

From left to right: Kathryn Garcia, Dianne Morales and Maya Wiley

Dear gender equality fans, 

The New York City mayoral primary is quickly approaching on June 22nd, it is the first citywide election to use ranked choice voting since it was re-adopted in 2019. This week Vogue interviewed the three women candidates about their platforms and running for an office never held by a woman.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 21, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on May 21, 2021

Melinda French Gates, painted by Melanie Humble

“I want to see more women in the position to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives...I believe that women’s potential is worth investing in — and the people and organizations working to improve women’s lives are, too.”   Melinda French Gates in 2019

Dear women's representation enthusiasts,
Amidst the recent news about the divorce proceedings between Bill and Melinda French Gates there have been a number of interesting articles about the potential transformational impact of investments in the field of women's equality. This piece on GeekWire by Lisa Stiffler discusses the role of Pivotal Ventures which is a supporter of CAWP, ReflectUS, The Ascend Fund, The League, Women's Public Leadership NetworkRepresentWomen and many other worthy endeavors: 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 14, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on May 14, 2021

Senator Mazie Hirono painted by Melanie Humble
Dear friends,
As part of a series of interviews with Asian American leaders for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, The Washington Post spoke with Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono about her new memoir "Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter's Story" and her perspectives on race and politics - read the transcript here:

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) led the push for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that recently passed the Senate with bipartisan support. The bill is aimed at addressing a surge in attacks on Asian Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Hirono joined Washington Post reporter David Nakamura to discuss the legislation and personal reflections from her new memoir, “Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story.” Hirono is the first in a series of conversations on Washington Post Live to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

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COVID-19 and the European Union’s Gender Equality Goals

By Meaghan Shea on May 12, 2021

In 2019, the European Union made headlines when it selected Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman in the institution’s history, to serve as President of the European Commission. The Commission, a 27-member group with one commissioner appointed by each EU member state, serves as the European Union’s executive branch, responsible for proposing legislation and managing diplomatic relationships between the nations of the EU and its allies. Concurrent with von der Leyen’s election, the Commission neared gender parity, with a total of 13 women appointed to the executive body.


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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 7, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on May 07, 2021

Asian American women leaders Rep Patsy Mink, Tina Tchen, Katherine Tai, & former Oakland mayor Jean Quan - painted by Melanie Humble
Dear friends,
It's Asian Pacific American Heritage month in the United States which is a great opportunity to celebrate women leaders Patsy Mink, Tina Tchen, Katherine Tai, Jean Quan among many others. I am so grateful to be serving on the ReflectUS board with Madalene Mielke - CEO of APAICS, which is preparing a generation of new young Asian American leaders to run for office.
Tragically, the increase in attacks on Asian & Pacific Americans over the last year has led many to feel unsafe in their communities according to this article in The 19th* by Alexa Mikhail and Mariel Padilla:

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Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Cameryn Chan on May 04, 2021

Dear Friends,

It’s time to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month! But first, let’s take a look at what it means to be “Asian American”.


“Asian-American” is an expansive term, one that groups a variety of ethnicities into a single grouping. Unfortunately, many have come to associate this term only with people of East Asian descent (eg. Chinese, Korean, Japanese). In reality, the community also includes those who hail from places like India, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Cambodia. That is why when Asian-American Pacific Islander month is celebrated, we are celebrating an incredibly diverse group of people.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 30, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 30, 2021

Vice president Harris & speaker Pelosi on the dais, painted by Melanie Humble
Dear friends,
For the first time in our nation's history two women stood on the dais in the Capitol last night as leaders in the executive and legislative branches of government as this story in USA Today reports: 

For the first time in history, two women sat behind a president during an address to a joint session of Congress.

The historic image during Joe Biden's speech Wednesday is 245 years in the making since the nation's founding.

"Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President," Biden said as he took the podium. "No president has ever said those words from this podium and it's about time."

For the first time, both of those positions are now held by women: Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

American presidents are flanked by the speaker of the House and the vice president during such high-profile speeches, each sitting behind and on either side of the commander in chief during the prime time address.

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