A 50-Year Fight to Add Women’s Equality to the Constitution: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

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

This week: how new grants will help advance women’s representation in state legislatures; the 50-year fight for the ERA; the 2022 race for governor of New York state is heating up; outcomes for women in the recent elections in Canada; Egypt’s impressive number of women judges; the legacy of Angela Merkel’s leadership; and more.

The Impact of Angela Merkel—What 16 Years of Women’s Leadership Can Get You

How did Germany manage to elect Angela Merkel, a woman leader who achieved unity, stability and economic growth through some of the most turbulent years in history? Through political structures with inherently less barriers for women—namely, a mixed-member proportional representation electoral system and gender quotas. By and large, U.S. politics uses neither of these. But change is possible.

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.

Despite Impressive Wins at Paralympics, Few Disabled Women in Elected Office: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

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

This week: Despite impressive wins at the Paralympic Games, very few disabled women serve in elected office; the absence of women in the safety testing of vehicles is a matter of life and death; women’s leadership in the nonprofit sector; the imperative of adding the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; the desperate situation for women in Afghanistan now; how electoral rules in South Africa impact women’s representation; Boston women running for mayor deserve ranked-choice voting; and more.

New York Just Got its First Woman Governor. Let’s Make Sure She’s Not Their Last.

Kathy Hochul’s ascension to the New York governorship is an historic moment for the state of New York and a small step in the right direction for the U.S. as a whole. But until the the entrenched structural barriers women face in politics are eliminated with systemic and intentional action, women’s representation at the gubernatorial level may be just as reliant on a male governor’s resignation as it is on a woman candidate’s qualifications.

Sports Ethic Drives Women Athletes in Congress, Too: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

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

This week: examining the depth of the $648 billion (and growing!) untapped opportunity in the care market; electing more women to office also correlates to greater overall happiness; the many women winners in New York’s ranked-choice voting primary; D.C. pushes for ranked-choice voting; women who serve in Congress who were/are athletes; the barriers women face as athletes and the over-representation of men on the International Olympic Committee; women hold 63 percent of seats in Spain’s Cabinet; and more.

Why the Senate Is Still Old, White, Wealthy and Male—and How to Fix It: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

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

This week: strategies to address the representation crisis in the U.S. Senate; the history of women governors; only one state gets an “A” for women’s representation; 77% of Biden’s judicial nominees are women; the status of races for city council in New York City; the 173rd anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention; suggested reading; and more.

Ranked-Choice NYC—The Women Who Won: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

New York City didn’t get its woman mayor—but thanks to ranked-choice voting, the city sure broke records.

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

This week: LGBTQ people and women are projected to hold a record number of seats on the NYC council; 109 men, zero women as NYC mayor; Vanessa Gibson may become the first woman Bronx Borough president; the candidates and the organizations that helped women in NYC run viable campaigns; not much opportunity for women to pick up many, if any, seats in the upcoming gubernatorial races;