According to the Public Policy Institute of California, a full two thirds of women voters (66 percent) are against the recall — a wide margin, compared to just 48 percent of men who are against it. Women are also much more approving of Newsom’s performance as governor — with 62 percent expressing approval, compared to just 43 percent of men.
Despite tremendous media coverage of the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, one aspect of this political struggle that has barely registered in California or nationally is the women’s rights work and leadership of Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the first partner of California. In a Ms. exclusive interview, contributing writer Jackson Katz, a long-time colleague and collaborator of Ms. Newsom, asked her about her gender justice advocacy work both in and outside of the Newsom administration—and her unfinished agenda.
Shahana Hanif, the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants and community organizer, made history last month when she became the first Muslim woman elected to New York City Council, one of the first South Asian reps, and first woman of color to represent her Brooklyn district.
The Americans with Disability Act was passed in July 1990, providing legal avenues for access to spaces and opportunities for those with disabilities. Yet 31 years after this historic law was passed, American women with disabilities continue to fight for an equal voice and opportunities for representation.
Kathy Hochul’s ascension to the New York governorship is an historic moment for the state of New York and a small step in the right direction for the U.S. as a whole. But until the the entrenched structural barriers women face in politics are eliminated with systemic and intentional action, women’s representation at the gubernatorial level may be just as reliant on a male governor’s resignation as it is on a woman candidate’s qualifications.
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.
Georgina De la Fuente, senior advisor at Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE), Mexico’s electoral management authority, shares the range of reforms brought in to ensure equal participation and representation of women in politics.
“Rules do matter. Rules can guarantee that women are able to exercise their rights like anyone else. Rules do make a difference.”
In its final two opinions of the term, the court upheld two restrictive voting laws in Arizona and struck down a nonprofit donor disclosure rule in California. In both decisions, the justices ruled 6-3, along ideological lines.
When it comes to politics, deep blue New York and solid red Arkansas have one thing in common: They’re among the 20 states that have still never had a woman governor.
Last week, the Barbara Lee Family Foundation released Staying Power, new research that examines the challenges and advantages women face when they run as incumbents. Overall, they found that women face similar challenges as incumbents running for re-election as they do as first-time candidates for office.
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: NYC’s ranked-choice voting election saw the highest turnout since 1989; how women are faring in the NYC city council race; top companies for gender parity; strategies for women incumbents to retain their seats; India Walton may become the first woman mayor of Buffalo; and more!