Fall 2019


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 20, 2019

Posted on Blog on December 20, 2019

This has been a big week of news from Capitol Hill but I am going to steer clear of that topic as I suspect there is a variety of opinion on the matter among all of you interesting, passionate, and committed people! I will report though, that we hosted students this morning from the Capital City Public Charter School who chose RepresentWomen as the recipient of their decorated-by-hand cookies. We had a lively exchange about the need for airports named for women, the rank of the United States among nations for women's representation, voting at 16, and the number of women in office. It was a total joy to listen to their answers to my many questions - I felt almost like Scrooge at the end of the Christmas Carol when he is so enthusiastic to find he is alive after a night of ghostly visitations that he almost overwhelms the young boy he commissions to help him buy gifts for others! I can't think of a better motivation for the work we all do than these children. I hope that you can feel the power of their potential that I experienced today.




Weekend Reading on Women's Representation Thanksgiving Edition November 27, 2019

Posted on Blog on November 27, 2019

I always feel conflicted about this holiday - I love spending time with family & friends and making time to reflect on things for which we are grateful, but I am also mindful of the troubling narrative around the early settlers - many of whom were my ancestors.



The European Commission reaches gender parity, but individual European countries lag behind

Posted on Blog by on November 01, 2019

Gender parity in the new European Commission is a huge success, as is the number of countries reaching parity for their MEPs; but, for true gender equality to exist, women must have equal access and roles in all levels of government including municipal, national and supranational.



Where are women in the Brexit debates?

Posted on Blog by on October 30, 2019

Despite the changes in public opinion, women’s role in Brexit and the focus on Brexit’s impact on women, has remained stagnant.


Māori women fought alongside non-indigenous women for suffrage, but are they fairly represented in New Zealand’s House of Representatives?

Posted on Blog by on October 29, 2019

New Zealand’s actions for gender and Indigenous inclusion are working, it is now just a matter of ensuring Indigenous women have the same voice as their male and non-Indigenous counterparts. 


Gender Quotas for the Underrepresented? A Gender Parity Case Study: Brazil

Posted on Blog by on October 28, 2019

To achieve progress in women’s representation in many countries, including Brazil, a change in systems which enable and support the disenfranchisement of women and minorities is needed.