For the Biden administration’s female appointments to succeed, they will need the public to call out when they see sexist coverage of women leaders. After all, it takes guts for women to agree to live a public life.
Katherine Tai is the only Asian American woman appointed to a Cabinet-level position under Biden and is the first woman of color to serve as the U.S. trade representative in its 60-year history.
The U.S. Delegation to CSW65 is a historic turning point in U.S. political leadership and marks the first time the U.S. will be represented at the session at the White House level, and the first time two women of color have co-led the delegation: Vice President Kamala Harris and U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
Plus, meet the historic eight non-government advisors joining the U.S. Delegation who are changing the game.
As conservatives have worked for decades to take over the courts with judges who eschew civil rights in favor of protecting the wealthy and powerful, the courts cannot be counted upon to always protect women’s rights, from their reproductive freedom to their personal safety.
The dearth of women in political leadership positions, is not so much a problem with the pipeline, but a problem with promoting, hiring and nominating women to leadership positions at the same rates as men.
Fortunately it is a problem which can in large part be corrected by our already elected officials.
Gina Raimondo was sworn in March 3 as the nation’s new commerce secretary by Vice President Kamala Harris after a bipartisan vote of 84-15 in the Senate. In introducing her as his pick for Secretary of Commerce, President Biden called her “one of the most effective and forward-thinking governors” in America.
Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.
This week: the ERA is one Senate vote away from becoming law; two more women join Biden’s Cabinet, while others field bad-faith attacks; protests in U.K. and Australia mobilize; the feminist case for quotas; how Nigeria is getting more women in power; enabling women to serve effectively once elected; and more.
Addressing a mostly virtual annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the U.N.’s key advocate and protector of women’s rights since 1947, Harris—the first woman to rise to the vice presidency—presented a broad view of rights and freedoms held by the Biden administration.
The Senate confirmed Cecilia Rouse as chair of Biden’s Council of Economic Advisers—the first Black leader of CEA and the fourth woman in 75 years.
“I went into economics because I wanted to use the tools of economics to generate positive social change,” Rouse said. “I love asking questions and turning to data to use evidence to understand the world, and challenge my own understanding of it.”
Now, we celebrate the women that came before us, fought for voting rights, expanded opportunities for women, and broke political, education and social barriers. At the time their contemporaries often criticized these women for being too ambitious.