Keeping Score: Congressional Republicans Deny Election Results; Dr. Biden Defends Herself

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: Just 27 of 249 congressional Republicans acknowledge Joe Biden as president-elect; Laverne Cox opens up about transphobia; Barbara Kavovit is leading the tear-down of Harvey Weinstein’s former office; Dr. Jill Biden defends her hard work; Elliot Page comes out as trans; ParityBOT supports women candidates online; 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao is first TIME Kid of the Year; House Democrats vote to legalize marijuana; BuzzFeed subpoenaed by ICE; Greta Thunberg is editor for a day; and more!

Getting it Right: Why It’s Important To Pronounce Kamala Harris’s and My Name Correctly

The name “Kamala” tops this year’s list of most mispronounced words—yet, as a society, we still haven’t fully recognized name mispronunciation as a form of microaggression. Kamala Harris’s story provides us with an opportunity to “get it right.”

“There is erasure when names are mispronounced—like the severing of a long rope that links us to our past. Beyond that, there is also anger, confusion and pain.”

What Would It Take to Double the Representation of Women in Congress By 2050?

As the U.S. celebrates the fairly meager victories for women candidates in the 2020 election and compare our progress to our democratic allies around the world, there is much to learn from New Zealand’s successful transition to a mixed-member proportional system.

In order for the United States to make serious and sustained progress toward parity by 2050, we must invest our energy and our resources in systemic reforms that address the structural barriers women face as candidates and elected officials.

Rights Advocates Rejoice as the New Biden Team Is Assembled

Biden’s White House staff is falling into place, and Cabinet members are being announced: Antony Blinken will be Biden’s secretary of state; Linda Thomas-Greenfield will become the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations; Michèle Flournoy will be secretary of defense; John Kerry will focus on climate change; Alejandro Mayorkas has been nominated secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Avril Haines has been nominated for director of national intelligence; and Jake Sullivan will be the national security adviser.