In Colorado and Louisiana, state ballot initiatives have the potential to severely restrict a woman’s right to choose. And, in the event that the Supreme Court dismantles Roe v. Wade with its 6-3 conservative majority, measures like Louisiana Amendment 1 could indicate a statewide loss of reproductive freedom down the line.
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: RepresentWomen’s Gender Parity Index map tracks women’s progress state by state; how Trump and his allies are driving away women voters; the 21 in ’21 initiative to get more women elected to the NYC Council; a historic number of women are running for Parliament in Egypt; the growing call for gender quotas in Somalia; ranked-choice voting is on the ballot; honoring witches—past and present; must-read feminist thrillers; and more.
To change things at the ballot box, we first have to know where we really stand both at home and in comparison to women in industrialized countries with economies and governments similar to our own.
We are going to go to bed on election night, not knowing the results of the presidential election or the dozens of down-ballot races in every state.
And we will be fine. This year, we are going to have to wait for democracy to run its course.
Every October since 2017, we have celebrated the continued creativity from activist Tarana Burke, who founded the Me Too Movement back in 2006, and the courage of actor Alyssa Milano, who helped the hashtag go viral by sharing her own experience on Twitter.
As a survivor, I want to share what we have achieved in establishing sexual assault awareness and supporting survivors, while educating about the work we still need to do.
A recent survey of more than 20,000 Spanish-speaking domestic workers conducted by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) has revealed a rapid and sustained loss of jobs and income that’s resulted in widespread housing and food insecurity.
“These jobs will be a large share of the jobs for future but the lowest paid with little to no access to a safety net,” said Ai-Jen Poo, president of the NDWA. “We need to raise wages and offer benefits to this workforce.”
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and a national reckoning with racism, Sarah Min argues, “Now is the time for Asian Americans to come together to fight for racial, economic and social justice.”
In Min’s home state of Pennsylvania, there are over 230,000 Asian Americans in Pennsylvania who are eligible to vote but have not registered. Therefore, she is calling on Asian Americans to “become more civically engaged for the liberation of all people.”
While certified poll watchers have legally observed voting procedures in past elections, many fear Trump’s comments may encourage illegal intimidation tactics among his supporters, hoping to scare off Democratic voters and people of color.
On average, Latinas in the U.S. are paid 46 percent less than white men, and 31 percent less than white women.
We can wait for this to change, and hope that the number of leaders who grasp the severity of the diversity gap in the workplace can hold the rest of the company accountable—or we can take matters into our own hands.
Four years after an attempted Russian cyber-attack on U.S. elections, many states have built or vastly expanded their own capabilities to prevent and respond to cybersecurity attacks on their voting systems and other government computers.