The political earthquake that was the 2016 election sparked a dormant ember that fired up Latinas to run for office against the threat of misogynistic forces bent on rolling back hard-fought women’s rights. Now, we’re witnessing the fruits of their labor flourish.
“Why doesn’t she smile more?” “Could you see yourself getting a beer with her?” “Do people like her enough to win?”
But with a ranked-choice voting system, women candidates would be able to campaign on their policy agendas, not their “likeability” or personality.
The For the People Act, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, will be the most expansive voting and civil rights legislation in a generation and is already the most consequential anti-corruption bill brought to the floor of the U.S. House.
The Latino vote was instrumental in putting Joe Biden in the White House and sending four new senators to Congress.
Ms. reporter Lisa Rabasca Roepe spoke with María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, about the organization’s early beginnings, how it used artificial intelligence (AI) to find new voters and the prevalence of disinformation in the Latino community.
Women were no doubt key to the victory of President Joe Biden and the election of first woman vice president, but the story of the gender gap in 2020, and in every context in American politics, is complicated.
In nearly every state, Republicans are pushing restrictive measures while Democrats are advocating for expanded access to the ballot box.
Nine new Democratic women have joined the 117th Congress. Two defeated male incumbents in their Democratic primary races. Four are women of color. Three flipped seats in the South from red to blue.
As a whole, they support paid family and medical leave, affordable quality child care, the Paycheck Fairness Act and LGBTQ equality, as well as ending the wage gap and raising wages for the largely female caregiving work force. Many see long-standing feminist economic empowerment policies, such as paid leave and universal child care, as pillars of a society that values care work and caregiving.
If Democrats want to keep winning, they need to prioritize and act quickly to increase and strengthen the political power of Black people.
Yes, 2020 was a year few of us would want to repeat, but there were miracles and moments that made us and our world better, and will make 2021 a year that we can welcome with open arms.
Yesterday’s violent pro-Trump protests at the nation’s capitol, which resulted in four deaths and just 52 arrests, drew reactions of shock and horror from people around the world.
Here’s what feminists and lawmakers are saying.