Women’s Representation: “The Rise of Women Does Not Mean the Fall of Men”

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

This week: celebrating Women’s Equality Day; trail-blazing women like Anita Hill and Megan Rapinoe look ahead 100 years; a lookback at the the Women’s Strike for Equality on August 26, 1970; What will it take for a woman to become president of the United States?; women’s voting rights around the world; the need for gender balanced cabinets; the exclusion of women from history (Sally Roesch Wagner notes, “History is not what happened. History is who tells the story.”); and more.

We Heart: Senators on Suffrage and the Importance of Voting

To mark the suffrage centennial, the Smithsonian Museum of National History put together a digital exhibit celebrating the Suffrage Movement called “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” about the history of the suffrage movement and what has been left out of the history books. The tab “Senators on Suffrage” includes reflections on suffrage from women senators.

The Difference Women Voters Make

Women vote at higher rates than men, and there is a growing gender gap in partisan affiliation and presidential voting, fueled largely by Black and Latina women’s strong identification with the Democratic Party.

Yet despite the fact that women are over 53 percent of voters, they are just 23.7 percent of Congress, 29.2 percent of state legislators, and 28.9 percent of statewide executive officeholders.

We have a long way to go to achieving women’s equality.

Voting Rights are Reproductive Rights: Legislators Across 19 States on 19th Amendment’s Legacy

Reproductive freedom and voting are intrinsically linked.

“As long as women’s reproductive freedom continues to be politicized, women must vote.”

“Controlling women’s bodies has been a method of subjugation for centuries, as has been hindering and preventing people from voting, a central pillar of our democracy. Notably, we cannot truly get or keep one without the other.”