Weekend Reading: It’s Time for a New Social Contract

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

This week: The U.N. secretary-general’s calls for a new social contract and equal opportunities for all; feminist foreign policy; Wyoming women are underrepresented; RepresentWomen’s latest report on ranked choice voting; the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention; the anniversary of the National Association of Colored Women; and suggested #FeministReading.

Weekend Reading: Post-COVID, What Kind of World Do We Want for Women?

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

This week: feminist milestones; Seneca Falls Revisited (the first woman’s rights convention in the country!); gender and equity must be at the center of the response to the COVID crisis; polling shows widespread support for women’s equality; and how PACs and donors can make a difference in electing women.

Being Black. Being a Lesbian.

As Pride Month comes to a close, a member of the Black community and the LGBTQ+ community reflects on celebration and mourning.

“Celebration of the victory of the Supreme Court win for my LGBTQ+ community is quieted by the deep pain of my Black community in continuing to mourn the killing of our brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, fathers and mothers at the hands of police; by receiving less equitable healthcare as we fight a global pandemic; by demanding clean water in Flint, Michigan; by continued discrimination in housing and employment; by the refusal of some to even allow us to birdwatch, jog, barbecue or simply exist without having the police called on us.”

Celebrating the Suffrage Centennial with “The Vote” Producer Michelle Ferrari

Producer Michelle Ferrari sits down with Ms. for a conversation surrounding her new documentary exploring the 72-year battle that eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two-part documentary explains the long-fought and surprisingly unfamiliar story of women’s struggle to secure the right to vote. The film comes at a crucial moment, commemorating the centennial of the women’s vote— focusing on divisions in the movement, injustices, obstacles and achievements.

Today in Feminist History: N.O.W.— Bringing Women into Full Participation in Mainstream American Society (June 30, 1966)

Despite great strides, such as a Constitutional ban on sex discrimination at the polls won in 1920, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and inclusion of “sex” in the list of forms of discrimination banned by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the goal of total equality is still as elusive today as it was over a century ago. But if the dedication and persistence of those in this second wave of feminism is equal to those in the first, then N.O.W. will be just as successful in achieving its worthy goals as were those who worked so tirelessly to win the vote.