Table for 12, Please: Janet Yellen Is Willing to be Dangerous

I remember what Stacey Abrams told me: “There are few things as dangerous as a woman with a plan and the perseverance to execute.” By that metric, Janet Yellen is as dangerous as it gets.

“Economics isn’t just something you find in a textbook. I believe economic policy can be a potent tool to improve society. We can—and should—use it to address inequality, racism, and climate change.”

Janet Yellen Accepts Nomination as First Woman Treasury Secretary: “It’s Essential We Move With Urgency”

In nominating Janet Yellen to be the next treasury secretary of the United States and tasking her to oversee the biggest economy in the world, President-Elect Joe Biden named the first woman ever appointed to the position.

“The value of work always stuck with me. So much so that I became an economist because I was concerned about the toll of unemployment on people, families and communities. And I’ve spent my career trying to make sure people can work and achieve the dignity and self-worth that comes with it,” Yellen said on Dec. 1, accepting her nomination in a moving speech.

Keeping Score: “A Cabinet That Looks Like America”

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: Meghan Markle opens up about her miscarriage; the pope critiques the U.S. Supreme Court’s pandemic response; Biden announces Cabinet appointees; Janet Yellen is nominated as first woman Treasury Secretary; Scotland passes the Period Products Bill; Rep. Katherine Clark elected assistant speaker of the House; trans woman and former sex worker Elisa Crespo runs for NYC Council; and more.

Weekend Reading: Biden Owes it to Women to Appoint a Gender-Balanced Cabinet

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

This week: the impact that elected women have in legislative bodies; wins for women in the 2020 election; tipping the gender balance in Congress; Moldova has elected their first woman president; Alaska voters approve ranked-choice voting; the Biden-Harris administration must appoint a gender-balanced Cabinet; the women President-Elect Biden is considering for his administration; the Nevada state legislature will be 60 percent women in 2021; and suggested feminist reading.