The Fab Five: Shattering L.A. County’s Glass Ceiling

Asked when there would be enough women on the U.S. Supreme Court, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously replied: “When there are nine.”

It seems the voters of Los Angeles agree: The L.A. County Board of Supervisors—the largest local government in the nation—has made history with the first all-women board in its more than 150-year history.

Welcome To Washington: Nine New Feminist Women Join the U.S. House of Representatives

Nine new Democratic women have joined the 117th Congress. Two defeated male incumbents in their Democratic primary races. Four are women of color. Three flipped seats in the South from red to blue.

As a whole, they support paid family and medical leave, affordable quality child care, the Paycheck Fairness Act and LGBTQ equality, as well as ending the wage gap and raising wages for the largely female caregiving work force. Many see long-standing feminist economic empowerment policies, such as paid leave and universal child care, as pillars of a society that values care work and caregiving.

A Cabinet That Looks Like America

Like politics in general, U.S. presidential Cabinets have typically been dominated by white men.

But with Kamala Harris and 11 women nominees, seven of them women of color, President Joe Biden’s Cabinet will be, as he promised, “the single-most diverse … that’s ever existed.”

But does a diverse Cabinet matter for the U.S. public? Evidence points to yes.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Ms. Winter 2021 Issue Ushers in New Era in Gender Equality

The latest issue of Ms. celebrates and explores the transformational shift to a new era of gender equality, with feminist women holding some of the most consequential levers of power.

For the first time in U.S. history, the presidential Cabinet appointments will reach gender parity; the House of Representatives is led by a feminist woman speaker, and feminists chair some of the most powerful committees, including the Appropriations and the Oversight and Reform committees; and Kamala Harris will be the first woman and first Black and South Asian to be vice president.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find inside the upcoming Winter issue.