We must address this moment and reflect on our democracy by examining post-Soviet state’s numerous battles for free and equal democracy. While recognizing post-Soviet culture often limits women and their agency, efforts have been made to increase female representation through the introduction of gender quotas and the adoption of international gender equality strategies on national levels. Similar initiatives have long been quickly rejected by the U.S., but with their success in challenging these nations’ dominant patriarchal motifs we should reconsider adopting similar policies in our own government.
Last Tuesday’s election was a night of firsts, shifting tides and upsets. Here’s our scorecard for how women fared in the 2021 elections—from Boston, to Atlanta, to New York City.
City Councilor Michelle Wu has shattered Boston’s glass ceiling—she will be the first woman and person of color elected as mayor in the city’s history.
“One of my sons asked me the other night if boys can be elected mayor of Boston. They have been, and they will again someday, but not tonight,” Wu told supporters Tuesday. “On this day, Boston elected your mom because, from every corner of our city, Boston has spoken.”
This month marks the the 50th anniversary of the Equal Rights Amendment’s first passage in the House of Representatives. On Thursday, the House Oversight and Reform Committee held a historic hearing about the amendment to examine the final steps necessary to certify.
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: Kathy Hochul is a historic victory for women that comes from a male downfall; challenges women politicians face across the globe; Eunice Lee is the second Black woman to serve on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; how we can improve elected representation for the disabled community; and more.
In order for women to serve effectively once in office, gender parity is not enough on its own; we must change legislative workplace culture and policy to welcome and retain women leaders.