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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 3, 2022

Posted on Blog on June 03, 2022

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX that prohibited sex-based discrimination in any educational program that receives financial support from the federal government. Adoption of Title IX has increased opportunities for women and girls in academic settings but there has been mixed success for women & girls in sports according to this story in FiveThirtyEight by Neil Paine:

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 27, 2022

Posted on Blog on May 27, 2022

I struggled this week to find an appropriate story and image to lead with given the killing of children in Texas that follows so closely on the heels of the shooting at the grocery store in Buffalo and so many other senseless deaths due to gun-related violence. While there are undoubtedly many factors that are driving young men to commit these heinous acts of violence it's clear that our antiquated voting system & gridlock in Congress prevent action on gun safety that the majority of Americans support.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 20, 2022

Posted on Blog on May 20, 2022

I am back in the Bay Area this week meeting with other supporters of proportional voting to discuss strategies to modernize U.S. House elections with ranked choice voting in districts that elect 3 or more people.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 13, 2022

Posted on Blog on May 13, 2022

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! This week we are celebrating AAPI women leaders and exploring AAPI women's representation. While numbers vary, multiple sources suggest that about 6% of Americans identify as AAPI. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, AAPI women hold the following offices:

What Moms in Politics Really Want This Mother’s Day: Campaign-Funded Childcare

Posted on News Coverage by on May 09, 2022

Campaign-funded childcare addresses barriers that women face in politics. It levels the playing field so more women can run, and if combined with structural reform like ranked choice voting and legislative rule changes that modernize government work places, more women can win and lead. This could lead to important policies like universal affordable childcare and paid leave.

SCOTUS Wants Reproductive Rights Left Up to the States—Whose Representatives Are Still Overwhelmingly White and Male

Posted on News Coverage on May 09, 2022

RepresentWomen's founder and executive director, Cynthia Richie Terrell, explains why the Supreme Court leak on Roe vs. Wade is problematic. The underrepresentation of women in congress and in state legislatures makes the directive that state legislatures should hold the decision-making power a complete farce.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 29, 2022

Posted on Blog on April 29, 2022

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation. This week: compelling exit polling from NYC’s first (and the world’s largest) implementation of ranked-choice voting; Florida Governor Ron DeSantis bans ranked-choice voting; the world honors the late Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; while voters no longer see a woman running for office as a novelty, gender biases against women candidates persist; and more.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 22, 2022

Posted on Blog on April 22, 2022

Forty five women have served as governor in the history of the United States including New York's Kathy Hochul who was sworn in on August 24, 2021 just minutes after the former governor stepped down. Hochul is now running for re-election while modeling a new style of leadership in Albany and across the state according to this piece by Jessica Bennett in The New York Times

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation April 15, 2022

Posted on Blog on April 15, 2022

While it has been amazing to read all the stories about the confirmation of Judge Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, Black women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government. There are bright spots - like the NYC Council that is now led by women of color...

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the negative impact of runoffs on women candidates

Posted on News Coverage by on April 15, 2022

This was originally published in The Fulcrum on 4/15/2022. Last month, Texas kicked off the midterm season with another batch of high-profile races going into a runoff — 23, to be exact. What’s so wrong with this? Two words: time and money. Both of which women candidates generally have less of. Ranked choice voting is a proven, powerful, and persevering solution.