With an unfair election selection and a conservative candidate as the frontrunner, feminist and human rights groups in Iran are spreading their message and preparing to fight back.
Ms. reporter Lisa Rabasca Roepe spoke with Stefanie Brown James, founder of the Collective PAC, about why 2018 was a turning point for Black women running for office, how teaching civics in school would help bolster voter turnout and what the PAC is doing to help get the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate or as a governor.
In both donations and polling, a record number of women and women of color are gaining traction in the New York City mayoral race. The presence of ranked-choice voting has helped to minimize typical fears of too many women candidates splitting the vote, and has even helped to address questions of likability and electability that often plague the campaigns of women candidates.
“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.
Sixty-six countries have outpaced the United States in women’s representation—not because their women are more qualified or ambitious, but because they have implemented electoral systems and policies to ensure more level playing fields and greater opportunity in the electoral process.
If the U.S. wants to accelerate greater gender representation and demonstrate it truly values women’s political leadership, we need changes to our political and electoral systems.
Using multi-winner districts and ranked-choice voting in U.S. elections would dismantle the white male status quo in politics and help elect more women and people of color. Rep. Don Beyer’s Fair Representation Act will help to bring about this change.
In states like Georgia, Arizona and Michigan, Republican-controlled legislatures are launching attacks on voting rights, establishing barriers to access under the guise of “election security.” But just one bill in the U.S. Congress could protect citizens in all 50 states: H.R. 1/S. 1, known as the For the People Act.
“The Republicans have a very slim majority. … And yet here we find ourselves, where they are still governing from the most extremist policies. They’re working very hard to make sure that turnout never happens again.”
Women clearly played an essential role in the passage of this legislation and were able to do so as a result of gender quotas that ensure more equitable political representation.
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.