Posted on Blog on May 07, 2021
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:
Posted on Blog on April 30, 2021
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."
Posted on Blog on April 23, 2021
"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
Posted on Blog on April 16, 2021
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:
Posted on Blog on March 26, 2021
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.
Posted on Blog on March 19, 2021
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."
Posted on Blog on March 12, 2021
The incredible team at the Inter-Parliamentary Union released their 2021 map and report on international women's representation this week in advance of the 65th session of the Commision on the Status of Women. According to the press release from the IPU, the map "shows the latest data on women’s participation in political decision-making, including the number of countries with women Heads of State and/or Heads of Government, the global share of women Ministers, Speakers of parliament and parliamentarians."
Posted on Blog on March 05, 2021
Women's History Month & International Women's Day - which is on March 8th - are both great opportunities to highlight the importance of women's representation and equality. While there has been progress toward gender balance in the United States, I find it staggering that the U.S. ranks about 70th among nations for women's representation - alongside Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Countries ranked above the United States are electing more women - faster - by focusing on institutional reforms which create more opportunities for all women to run, win, serve, and lead.
Posted on Blog on February 26, 2021
The hours of daylight are growing here in the mid-Atlantic and I am eager to get my seeds in the ground which seems like a perfect metaphor for the work we are all doing to advance women's leadership and representative democracy - planting ideas that will eventually grow and flourish. This piece in The Fulcrum that features a conversation between young democracy advocates Katie Fahey and Zoraya Hightower (who is the first woman of color on the Burlington City Council) suggests that the seeds of electoral reform that some of us began planting a generation ago have taken root and are thriving
Posted on Blog on February 19, 2021
used to give up wine or cocktails, and when I was younger, chocolate. With everything going on in our world, giving up alcohol or sweets seems so 2019. Last year in 2020 — and again this year — I am giving up the patriarchy for Lent. This year my decision is more than symbolic. Women lost more than 5.4 million jobs in 2020. During the first 10 months of the pandemic, women — particularly women of color — have lost more jobs than men as industries that employ women have been hit the hardest. The #SheCession is, in itself, a national crisis. Further, women-owned businesses are suffering as we have seen women across the country step up to both provide care for elders, neighbors, as well as become homeschool teachers.