Women’s Representation: The Case for Expanding the U.S. House

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

This week: the role of gender equality in the promotion of democracy; the benefits of Latin America’s use of gender quotas and proportional voting; the state of women’s representation in the U.S.; debunking common misconceptions about quotas; expanding the size of the House of Representatives; Tishaura Jones becomes the first Black woman mayor of St. Louis; the challenges and opportunities for LGBTQ women running for office; and more!

Women’s Representation: Equal Representation Achieved! No More Action Needed

I’m sure you all saw the amazing headline in the Washington Post about how women’s equality and domination has been achieved.

(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!)

Women’s Representation: Why Are State Legislatures Still So White and Male?

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

This week: an interview with Zoraya Hightower, the first woman of color on the Burlington, Vt., City Council; new Biden Cabinet nominees confirmed; why state legislatures are still largely white and male; progress toward diversifying all-male boards; and will Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) become the third Black woman in the Senate?

Women’s Representation: Saluting Black Women in Politics—Past, Present and Future

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

This week: remembering Claudette Colvin and the delegitimization of Black activism; saluting Black women leaders; barriers that keep women from running for office; ranked-choice voting picks up steam; women leaders better at meeting needs of constituents; women workers are still underpaid; and more.

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?