Posted on Blog on April 12, 2019
It was a real pleasure to attend two great event this week in Washington, DC. On Wednesday the Washington College of Law at American University and the Institute for Women's Policy Research hosted a terrific event with the gender equality experts (pictured above) who gathered to discuss the new book by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander de Croo entitled The Age of Women: Why Feminism Also Liberates Men:
Posted on Blog on April 05, 2019
Lori Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago - the 3rd largest city in the United States - becoming the first African American and first openly gay person elected to that office. Many news outlets covered her victory including The Washington Post: Voters in Chicago made history on Tuesday by electing Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, as the city’s first black female mayor. Her commanding victory capped a grueling campaign in which Lightfoot, who will become the city’s first openly gay mayor, defeated more than a dozen challengers en route to winning her first elected office.
Posted on News Coverage on March 30, 2019
Sojourner Truth didn’t deliver her iconic “Ain’t I a Woman?” address for the sake of an inspirational Instagram post. Susan B. Anthony didn’t champion women’s voting rights for a special museum exhibit. A women-themed happy hour was hardly the motivation for Sacagawea’s dangerous trek across the country with Lewis and Clark.
Posted on Blog on February 22, 2019
The number of women running is a super exciting milestone and it's also a super important reminder that our winner take all voting system does not work well with large-candidate fields. There will be a lot of hand wringing and pontificating about which of the candidates is the most likely to win and whoever does win may emerge bruised and battered from the primary process. There are efforts underway right now to reform the candidate selection process in New Hampshire to eliminate split votes and Iowa has already decided to use Ranked Choice Voting.
Posted on Blog on February 15, 2019
There was a terrific story on CNN about the first "female duo" to run a House committee that features the fast friendship and years of collaboration between Rep Kay Granger (TX-R) and Rep Nita Lowey (NY-D) who is my college friend's mother: The last time two women led a House committee, the year was 1977 and the panel was the Select Committee on the House Beauty Shop. Forty-two years later, another female duo is in control. This time it's one of the most powerful committees in Congress -- the House Appropriations Committee -- which is at the center of congressional power and spending.
Posted on Blog by on February 11, 2019
As an intern with RepresentWomen, I hope to continue learning about other institutional reforms and advocacy efforts within the American political system. I appreciate the organization’s recognition that there are both structural options that can be considered and cultural conversations that need to occur in order to bring about equality- this is a long-term goal that will require effort on multiple fronts. However, I also believe the precedents set in other parts of the world are both inspiring and informational, and I look forward to collaborating with the team towards this vision.
Posted on Blog on February 08, 2019
There was a great piece in The Salt Lake City Tribune that reports on exactly the type of rule change that enables women to run & serve more effectively - RepresentWomen is working to broadcast examples of rules changes like this widely: “Allowing parents to use campaign funds for child care, we will see a more diverse field of candidates,” said Payne, mother of four young children. This legislative session, Utah Reps. Craig Hall and Stephanie Pitcher introduced nearly identical proposals to clarify that child care is an allowable campaign expense, and they told a House committee that they’re jointly pushing forward with the version sponsored by Hall. The measure, HB129, sailed through the House Government Operations Committee with unanimous support Tuesday, setting it up for a vote on the chamber floor.
Posted on Blog on February 01, 2019
There has been a flurry of interest in Ranked Choice Voting this week including: - the NYC Charter Commission has included RCV in their list of recommendations - please contact the Commission directly if you are a New Yorker and would like to let them know why you support RCV - see this story in the Gotham Gazette - legislators in New Hampshire are considering using RCV for their presidential primary according to this story in AP - Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is testing the waters to run as an independent candidate for president - prompting a blizzard of commentary on social media pointing out the need for ranked choice voting and a number of good articles including this one by Rachel Kleinfield in The Hill and this one in The Economist
Posted on Blog on January 25, 2019
There are now four women running for the democratic presidential nomination along with a number of male hopefuls - multiple candidates who appeal to the same constituencies are a recipe for split votes and 'winners' who get a tiny percentage of the vote in key early contests. A number of state party chairs are open to the possibility of using a ranked ballot to ensure that candidates emerge with broad support. My husband Rob Richie and my friend Rep Jamie Raskin write about the crowded presidential primary field and the ranked choice voting today in The Hill:
Posted on Blog on January 18, 2019
Each week brings a perplexing quandary for me - there is so, so much to report on about women's international representation and efforts to expand women's representation in the United States but there are also many projects/events/deadlines encroaching on my time that prevent me from doing an adequate job reporting on it all! My time is short again this week but here are a couple highlights! The New York Times published portraits of 130 of the 131 women serving in the 116th Congress - there was a nice piece in the Times describing the process and another great piece in Coieter by Bibi Deitz that captures the impact: In a perfect world, Congress would have way more women and we wouldn’t be applauding the fact that they comprise almost a quarter of the House and Senate. But—baby steps. This term, women comprise close to 25 percent of Congress, which is still not enough, but it’s a good start.