“The Firsts”: How Freshman Rep. Sharice Davids Showed Up for Her Community

The new women of Congress, many of them firsts from their racial or ethnic group to serve in their district—or, as in Rep. Sharice Davids’s case, the nation—undertook their roles beyond lawmaking.

(The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8 of “The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress,” by New York Times reporter Jennifer Steinhauer.)

Women’s Representation: “Do You Know How Rare It Is To See Women Portrayed as Patriots?”

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: American democracy has finally passed the Bechdel test; women stole the inauguration show; more women will serve as White House correspondents; women on Biden’s Cabinet; progress toward women’s equality in Tunisia has stagnated; and more.

Feminists Call For Office of Gender Equity Within the Department of Education

Women’s rights organizations are calling on the Biden-Harris administration to form an Office for Gender Equity in the Department of Education to realize the long-overdue promise of educational equity guaranteed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

“There’s never been very much federal leadership to implement Title IX,” says Dr. Sue Klein, education equity director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, who is one of the leaders of effort. “This office would correct that.”

“At This History-Making Moment, We Are Hopeful”: Feminist Lawmakers and Advocates React to the Biden-Harris Agenda for Women

On the eve of the January 20 inauguration, Ms. spoke with feminists about their hopes for the Biden-Harris administration.

Feminist lawmakers and activists are optimistic that the Biden-Harris administration will follow through on their promises to improve women’s lives and bring strong action for gender justice and racial equality.