Keeping Score: Women Mayors, Women Candidates, Women Voters and Women’s Policy Research

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in this biweekly roundup.

Lest We Forget

+ Laura Flanders, journalist, and host of The Laura Flanders Show, accepting the Women’s Media Center Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award: “I can’t help but ask myself and us: Have we done enough to tear back the tarpaulin on the facts, in front of our eyes, that we have allowed lives to be ranked into the valued and the less valued, the precious and the not? Have we reported effectively, yet, on how we have permitted unimaginable luxury and comfort to pile up on the one side, and poison and peril to rain down on the other? And have we given anyone any clear ideas about how might live together differently in happier relationships with each other and planet earth?”


+ Commissioners in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, voted Wednesday to name part of Bridge Boulevard in Albuquerque’s South Valley in honor of Dolores Huerta. Running from the country boundary at Rio Grande west to Isleta Boulevard, and passing a park named after the legendary organizer in 2017, Avenida Dolores Huerta is also expected to continue east to 4th Street, which falls in the city of Albuquerque’s jurisdiction, after local lawmakers vote on a similar measure. (AP)

+ Dr. Raquel Padilla Ramos was murdered on November 7 in Ures Sonora by her partner. (Ms.)

+ The United States Women’s National Team players suing US Soccer for equal pay have been granted class status by Judge R. Gary Klausner of the District Court for the Central District of California. (New York Times)

+ Eighteen women members of British Parliament will not be seeking re-election in December due to the threats and abuse they have faced since assuming office. “I am exhausted by the invasion into my privacy and the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace,” Heidi Allen, a member of the Conservative party, said a letter to constituents. “Nobody in any job should have to put up with threats, aggressive emails, being shouted at in the street, sworn at on social media, nor have to install panic alarms at home.” (The Hill)

+ The House Judiciary Committee this week marked up a resolution lifting the arbitrary time limit imposed on the Equal Rights Amendment’s ratification. (Ms.)

+ Ranked Choice Voting is reshaping the political landscape—which is good news for women candidates. There were 11 jurisdictions using RCV in 2019, five for the first time. Among the nine jurisdictions using RCV to elect their city councils, three are now majority women, and a fourth has a majority of women on its combined city council and school board; women also won three of five city mayoral races using RVC, including two challengers who defeated incumbents in multi-candidate races. (Ms.)

Meet the three women who are now mayors of the three major cities in Arizona. Left to right: Phoenix, Kate Gallego; Tucson, Regina Romero; Flagstaff, Coral Evans.

+ Next week’s presidential debate will be the first with an all-female panel of moderators. Will they ask the questions women have been waiting to hear candidates answer? Tell Ms. what you hope comes up at the next debate.

+ In 2020, the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. will feature a float celebrating the centennial of suffrage in the U.S. (Ms.)

How We’re Doing


Carmen Rios is a self-proclaimed feminist superstar and the former digital editor at Ms. Her writing on queerness, gender, race and class has been published in print and online by outlets including BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, DAME, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic, the National Women’s History Museum, SIGNS and the Women’s Media Center; and she is a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine. @carmenriosss|