Posted on Blog on March 16, 2017
Representative Mimi Walters (R-CA) wrote a very compelling piece in Motto "What It Means to Be a Republican Woman in Congress" - she starts with my favorite theme du jour: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman being sworn into the U.S. House of Representatives. Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, was a powerful voice for women’s suffrage. After successfully securing voting rights for women in both Washington State and Montana, Rankin ran for Congress in her home state. She was sworn into the 65th Congress on April 2, 1917, three years before the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women across the country the right to vote.
Posted on Blog on March 09, 2017
There were of course many articles and news stories on the celebration of International Women's Day from the both the United States and from around the world. Those in the US reported on the uptick of interest from women in running for office while those from abroad looked at the quota and voting systems used in most nations.
Posted on Blog on February 17, 2017
Hold onto your hats my friends, the United States now ranks 104th in women's representation among nations - dropping in just the last few weeks from 100th place. The US now ranks directly behind Madagascar, Kyrgyzstan, and Bulgaria - tied for 101. I hope you will join me in the coming months to look rigorously at what is happening in the higher ranked countries and see which of their rules and practices we can embrace. I think it's fair to say that we cannot afford to leave any stone unturned in our quest for equality.
Posted on Blog on February 10, 2017
Congratulations to the terrific team at Running Start who organized an amazing celebration of #NewWomenMembers of Congress on Tuesday at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC. Many of us were co-sponsors of this event while hundreds of others of us found inspiration in the words of the speakers and the packed crowd of republican and democratic women standing shoulder to shoulder - into the fray.
Posted on Blog on February 03, 2017
Posted on Blog on January 27, 2017
Dear friends, NYMagazine profiles the 9 Black female judges who were elected in Alabama - an impressive development and a very interesting story. I am researching the number of women who get elected vs those who get appointed and compiling statistics on the numbers of women of color. I think that's an arena which is ripe for intentional actions such as gender targets for the appointed seats.
Posted on Blog on January 20, 2017
My friends, Anita Hill had a powerful piece in the Washington Post on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for women - she concludes with these words: In 2016, in the aftermath of Trump’s victory, commentators declared that feminism is over, lost or dead, and so is social justice; women should move on. But what I witnessed after the hearing, when thousands of women demanded that our leadership in Washington reflect their experiences, gives me hope. I’m convinced that those who expect women to recede quietly will soon be disappointed. On Jan. 21, women from all identities and circumstances will march in Washington and in cities around the globe in numbers too great for Trump to ignore. Yes, women are moving past the election, but not as spectators, as participants in our democracy — as patriots. That is cause for celebration.
Posted on Blog on January 13, 2017
The Representation2020 team gather with Frances Perkins' grandson under her portrait in the office of the current Secretary of Labor! My dear friends, Susannah Wellford had yet another terrific piece in US News and World Report this week on the topic of how to deepen and broaden the movement for women's representation - this is an important challenge for all of us to embrace.