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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 23, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 23, 2021

Rachel Carson, painted by Melanie Humble on a Suffrage palette background

"We stand now where two roads diverge. But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road — the one less traveled by — offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth."   Rachel Carson

Dear women's representation enthusiasts,
Rachel Carson's seminal work Silent Spring, which was published in 1962, had a profound and enduring impact on the movement to protect the natural world from pesticides and a changing climate. In 2012 Eliza Griswold wrote a fascinating article about Carson's life and work in The New York Times:

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From a Tool to a Barrier: How Language Impacts Political Engagement

By Alexis Shaw on April 21, 2021

As a part of our mission at RepresentWomen, we want to actively break down barriers that prevent all women from running, winning, serving, and leading. Through our research, we have found that language barriers are in place, preventing women who want to serve from accessing pertinent voting information, as well as connections to organizations like us who can help them run. Lack of access to this information is a significant issue in getting women to start their political careers. This type of structural barrier affects women for whom English is not their first language. Language accessibility is also an issue at the voting booths for non-native English speakers who wish to cast their ballots easily and accurately but are faced with language barriers and difficulties.

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Meet the Team: Karen

By RepresentWomen on April 20, 2021

My name is Karen Stout and I am a sixth-generation Californian from Los Angeles. I am a senior at U.C. Santa Cruz pursuing a B.A. in Legal Studies and I am excited to be a RepresentWomen intern this spring!

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 16, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 16, 2021


Dear friends,
It would be such a grand thing to invite you all to my garden, to talk about world events, share a glass of rose & some fresh asparagus, and fortify ourselves for the work ahead. So many stories in the news and in our everyday lives revolve around power - the power we have, the lack of power that so many experience, and the untapped power that we must find to build a future where power is shared and is grounded in justice and equality. As if on cue, the Council of Foreign Relations released their updated Women's Power Index this week and, according to their metrics, women's power has increased in countries including the United States, Belgium, and Lithuania and twenty two countries now have a woman head of state (as was true in 2019) but overall women's power has grown very little:

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Egyptian women are to be hired in the Egyptian Council of State and Public Prosecution for the first time.

By RepresentWomen on April 07, 2021

By Fatma Tawfik 

On International Women’s Day, President Sisi ordered the Ministry of Justice to hire women in the Egyptian council of state and the public prosecution for the first time in history.

The minister of justice Omar Marawan responded to the presidential initiative, stating: “President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi's directions for the work of women in the State Council and the Public Prosecution came as a gift to women and complete their constitutional rights in the judicial authorities, explaining that the woman works across all judicial bodies and only those two positions were the exception until now” 

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Could Ranked Choice Voting Solve the Two-Party Loop in Puerto Rico?

By RepresentWomen on March 30, 2021

By Angie Gomez

Since the first local elections in 1948, politics in Puerto Rico have long been defined by two political parties, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and the New Progressive Party (PNP), with smaller, third parties being largely locked out of leadership positions. In total, 13 governors have led the island, and all have come from either the PPD or PNP. Six governors have been elected from the PPD, including the first woman to hold the position, Sila María Calderón. From the PNP, six have also been elected but after former governor Ricardo Rosselló resigned in 2019, Wanda Vázquez assumed the office and became the first woman governor from the PNP. 

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 26, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 26, 2021

Portraits painted by Melanie Humble of women leaders including: Maya Angelou, Lucretia Mott, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Warren, Fannie Lou Hamer, Condi Rice, Coretta Scott King, Ashley Judd, Frances Munoz, Tina Tchen, Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Shirley Chisholm, Michelle Obama, & Tammy Duckworth
Dear friends,
As Women's History Month comes to a close I thought I would begin and end with portraits of a few of the women leaders who have, as Alice Paul suggested "added their stone to the mosaic" of the movement for women's equality. I am feeling more impatient with the status quo and more eager, than ever, to understand the best practices to get more women into positions of power & to support efforts to implement those best practices in the United States.

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Argentina Proves the Importance of Representation and Social Activism

By RepresentWomen on March 24, 2021

By Julia Tallant 

“La Campaña en el ENM 2011 Bariloche” byHipólita is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

The recent legalization of abortion in Argentina affirmed its position as a regional leader in progressive social policy and underscored the importance of women politicians in these legislative advances. The success of this progressive legislation comes after the coalescence of the feminist civil society movement and the growing numbers of women legislators.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 19, 2021

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 19, 2021

Democratic lawmakers - wearing white suits in honor of the Suffragists - most of whom were Republicans - stand on the Capitol steps in Washington on Wednesday after passing a joint resolution to remove the Equal Rights Amendment deadline. NBCNews
Dear fans of women's representation.
The House of Representatives voted this week to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act which expired in 2019 according to this story on NBC News:
The House passed a resolution Wednesday to remove the deadline to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment — just weeks after a federal judge ruled that time had already run out.

Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said the passage of her joint resolution by a vote of 222-204 made it clear that "there can be no expiration date on equality."

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