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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 16, 2021

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:

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 26, 2021

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.

Argentina Proves the Importance of Representation and Social Activism

Posted on Blog on March 24, 2021

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.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 19, 2021

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."

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 12, 2021

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."

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 5, 2021

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.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation February 26, 2021

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