Women’s Representation: U.S. Political Dysfunction Is Due To an Antiquated Voting System. It’s Time for Electoral Reform

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

This week: Biden’s new Cabinet will be majority people of color and gender-balanced; the dysfunction in our politics is caused by our antiquated voting system; the impact of the ranked-choice voting on Lisa Murkowski’s political future; the failure of our democratic institutions and the solutions to be found in electoral reform; the U.K. and Malta get closer to gender parity in Parliament; addressing women’s inequality in Russia; women’s representation in the entertainment sector; and more.

What Georgia Teaches Us About the Problems With Winner-Take-All Elections

Close elections may be more thrilling—just ask the spectators in ancient arenas, we suppose—but they are not inherently more democratic. In fact, close races in a changing state like Georgia are exactly where voter suppression can be expected to pay the greatest dividends.

Why not just have a system that flexibly adapts to demographic and political changes, and is able to represent all voters?

Women’s Representation: Unprecedented Number of Women Elected to Tribal Councils in November Election

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

This week: the challenges women face raising money to run for governor; analyzing women candidates’ spending patterns; gains by Republican women in Congress; unprecedented numbers of women were elected to Tribal Councils in the November election; philanthropic support for organizations dedicated to women is severely lacking; Susan Rice and Marcia Fudge join the Biden-Harris team; why electoral systems matter when it comes to women candidates; Time’s Kid of the Year; no women in the Kuwait’s next Parliament; 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.

Women’s Representation: Women Who Won the Night

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

Election results are still coming in but we know that record numbers of women won at the local, state and congressional level this week. But while it’s exciting to celebrate candidates firsts and additional women elected to Congress, this election should serve as a clear reminder that we must invest in systems strategies that create more opportunities for women to win.

A Record Number of Voters Will Decide on Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measures This November

Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a non-partisan reform which gives voters more voice and more choice in our elections. RCV benefits voters more than any one political party because it promotes majority support and creates incentives for candidates to reach out to a larger audience of voters.

In this year’s elections, the largest number of jurisdictions in American history will have RCV measures on their ballots.

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Jacinda Ardern’s “Next Big Test,” The Feminist Case for Ranked Choice Voting and More

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation in politics, on boards, in sports and entertainment, in judicial offices and in the private sector in the U.S. and around the world—with a little gardening and goodwill mixed in for refreshment!