By Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 07, 2019
(The members of the first all-female Madison School Board, from left, Ali Muldrow, Ananda Mirilli, Mary Burke, Gloria Reyes, Cris Carusi, Kate Toews and Nicki Vander Meulen.
One hundred years later, Wisconsin government doesn’t exactly look like it was the first to ratify the 19th Amendment recognizing women’s right to vote.
Women represent just 27% of the seats in the state Legislature, have not served as governor or Assembly speaker, and hold just 20% of county board seats, 12% of mayorships and only two out of 10 positions in the state’s congressional delegation.
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, celebrates a big birthday on Tuesday, as it was passed by both chambers of Congress 100 years ago on June 4, 1919. According to the National Archives, the House of Representatives first passed the amendment on May 21, 1919, and two weeks later, on June 4, the Senate followed with a vote of 56 to 25. The next year, following approval by three-fourths of state legislatures, the amendment was ratified into the Constitution.
The opening of the Amendment's text reads, "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."
I haven't yet been to the exhibit One Hundred Years Ago, Women Won The Vote at the National Archives but it looks very interesting - let me know if anyone wants to join me for a tour of the exhibit!
For the second time running, Malta has elected the same number of women as men to the European Parliament, raising questions as to whether the government’s push for gender quotas may be a futile exercise.
This is not to say that our local parliament does not have a severe gender disparity, with Malta routinely ranking the lowest in the EU for female parliamentary representation.
However, with Miriam Dalli and Roberta Metsola receiving the most first count votes of their respective parties and Josianne Cutajar becoming the youngest MEP and first Gozitan ever elected, is the way the public votes the real issue behind the disparity?
No country in the world is set to achieve gender equality by 2030, a new report has found.
On Monday 3 June, the Equal Measures 2030 partnership released its inaugural Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Gender Index, a report which assessed the state of gender equality across 129 countries across the globe.
The Equal Measures 2030 is an independent civil society and a private sector-led partnership which advocates for gender equality.
The report, which covers approximately 95 per cent of the world's female population, discovered that "no country in the world has reached the 'last mile' on gender equality", claims the index...
Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a speaker at the conference, described the report as "a wake-up call to the world".