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#WomenToWatch on July 17

By Barbara Turnbull by on July 06, 2018

 

#WomenToWatch is a series by RepresentWomen that documents rising women leaders and their stories.

 

Alabama holds primary runoff elections on July 17th, and Republicans will vote for their Lieutenant Governor nominee alongside a few House races. Women are few and far between in Alabama politics — Alabama receives a D in this year’s Gender Parity Index — but not so in this year’s race for governor and lieutenant governor. Kay Ivey, the Republican gubernatorial incumbent, won her primary handily and is a heavy favorite to win reelection in the deep-red state. The upcoming Republican primary runoff will decide if Twinkle Cavanaugh, the President of the Public Service Commission of Alabama and former chairwoman for the Alabama Republican Party, will appear with Ivey on the November ballot.

 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 29, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 29, 2018

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There was a great story on Vox by Sarah Kliff this week that confirms something we all believe "Research shows electing women makes a real difference in people's lives" - I will post the entire article here because it is worth reading:

Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated veteran Democrat Joe Crowley in a stunning upset in New York’s primary elections Tuesday night that revealed a deep rift in liberal politics.

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Women Are Still Underrepresented in the U.S. Territories

By Katie Pruitt on June 29, 2018

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Carmen Yulín Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, rose to the national stage by repeatedly challenging the Trump administration over its emergency response. Cruz later was named on the 100 Most Influential People List of 2018 by TIME. In a glowing article accompanying her placement on the list, Puerto Rican-born actor Benicio del Toro described Cruz as a “voice of the disenfranchised citizens.” Between Cruz and Guamanian Representative Madeleine Bordallo, who has spoken up about the threat her territory faces from North Korea’s nuclear program, women politicians from the U.S. territories are making a splash in the news. These women are boldly standing up for their communities and people are taking notice. Beyond the headlines, women politicians are still woefully underrepresented in the territories.

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June 26 Primaries: Slow Progress for Women Candidates

By Barbara Turnbull by on June 27, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Scott Heins/Getty

All primary results from the New York Times.

This Tuesday saw primaries in five states -- New York, Maryland, Colorado, Utah, and Oklahoma** -- and runoff elections in Mississippi and South Carolina. Dozens of women ran for their party’s nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, as well as for statewide elected offices like Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State. Currently, women are drastically underrepresented in Congress (20 percent) and in statewide elected office (23 percent).

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#WomenToWatch on June 26

By Barbara Turnbull by , , on June 23, 2018

#WomenToWatch is a series by RepresentWomen that documents rising women leaders and their stories.

In our first installment of #WomenToWatch, we are highlighting the stories of three women who will be on the ballot this Tuesday: Aruna Miller (MD), Connie Johnson (OK), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY).

 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 22, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 22, 2018

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​Democratic nominee for governor of Maine - Janet Mills

Dear all,
As CBS News reports, Maine became the first state to use ranked choice voting for a statewide race this week and elected a woman. Janet Mills, as the democratic nominee. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap said the vote went off without a hitch and cost far less to administer than had been threatened during the campaign for the ranked choice voting ballot measure. Voters not only got to vote with a ranked ballot they also voted for it, again, by a comfortable margin. The campaign was marked by civility as displayed by this video!

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D.C. still has a long way to go to reach parity

By Katie Pruitt on June 22, 2018

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On Tuesday, June 19th, D.C. held primary elections for mayor, city council, and non-voting delegate to the U.S. House. In the reliably Democratic District, the primary invariably determines the outcome of the general election. The most exciting race was not the actual election, but rather a ballot initiative extending D.C.’s $15 minimum wage to tipped workers, which passed by 55 percent approval. The primary elections for executive office and city council, in which all incumbents won their bid at re-election, shed light on gender and racial representation in the District’s government.

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Understanding New Research on Gender and Corruption in Government

By Barbara Turnbull by , , on June 21, 2018

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Members of the EU Women Caucus

An April 2018 study titled “Women and corruption: What positions must they hold to make a difference?” found that corruption is lower in countries with more women in office at both the national and local level. The authors suggest that this is because women legislators often champion policies that address poverty, education, and healthcare at a greater rate than men, and have been found to be “more concerned about whether subsidies were provided to the targeted group without corruption.”

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Women are Underrepresented on the Courts

By Evelien van Gelderen by on June 20, 2018

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Image source- Gavel Gap

While there has been much media coverage on gender disparity in the legislative branch, there is little attention being paid to the lack of representation of women and people of color in the judicial branch. Less than one-third of state judges are women, even while women make up more than one-half of the U.S. population. People of color make up about 40% of the population, but account for less than 20 percent of state judges. At the federal level, only 36 percent of United States trial court judges are women and only 10.5 percent of U.S. federal judges are women of color.

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Meeting with Liberian Rep. Rosana Schaack

By Evelien van Gelderen by , , , , on June 19, 2018

RepresentWomen was honored to recently welcome Rosana Schaack, member of the Liberian House of Representatives, to our offices. She shared her experiences working in a male-dominated government and the challenges she and other Liberian women face as they work towards gender parity in the legislature. In Liberia’s most recent election for the national legislature,  146 women ran  but just four women challengers won seats. Currently, there are only 11 female legislators out of 103 total in the Legislature of Liberia, with nine women in the House and two in the Senate.

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