Women’s Representation: Trump Drives Away Women Voters in “Historic” Numbers

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.

Democracy is Worth Waiting For

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.

It’s Been Three Years Since #MeToo. What’s Changed? What Needs to Change?

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.

“No Relief”: The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Workers

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.”

Asian Americans in the 2020 Election: Our Survival is Political

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.”