Why Has Paid Leave Generated Such Broad Support? Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Melinda French Gates on the imperative of passing paid leave; the powerful effect of gender balance rules for public boards in Massachusetts; in Albania, women now make up the majority of the cabinet; Canada’s election leaves women’s representation at a standstill; the impact of gender quotas on women’s political representation in Ukraine; the Ranked Choice Voting Coalition launched in California; and more.

Unlike Texas, Mexico Just Legalized Abortion—Thanks to Women Lawmakers: Weekend Reading in Women’s Representation

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: It’s no coincidence Mexico legalized reproductive rights *after* women have reached gender parity in Congress; when it comes to women’s representation worldwide, India ranks 148th and Japan ranks 166th; September 8, 2021, was Native Women’s Equal Pay Day; British teen tennis phenoms Emma Raducanu and Leylah Fernandez have qualified for the U.S. Open; and more.

Ms. Global: Women and Girls Left Vulnerable in Afghanistan; Two Natural Disasters Hitting Haiti; Moldova’s New Female Prime Minister

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

Ms. Global: First Indigenous Canadian Elected Governor-General; Anti-LGBTQ Bill Introduced in Ghana; Tanzania’s First Woman President

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

U.K. Makes Birth Control Pills Available Over-the-Counter; U.S. Advocates Fight to “Free the Pill”

The United Kingdom recently allowed over-the-counter sale of birth control pills for the first time since the medication’s approval in that country 60 years ago. Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA) still requires Americans to go to their doctors to get a prescription and then go to a pharmacy to obtain birth control pills.

Want to Make Your Country Happier? Elect Women.

The top-ranked countries of the World Happiness Report share a high level of public investment in human infrastructure. These countries are not socialist—they simply have more women in leadership positions.

The success stories of the 2021 World Happiness Report assure us that a shift towards caring policies and public welfare is not draining on the economy but rather the opposite.

Ms. Global: Addressing Sexual Abuse in Mali, Germany and the U.K.; Ongoing Ethiopian Occupation of Tigray; Combatting Misogyny Among Artists in China

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.