Women’s Representation: “Do You Know How Rare It Is To See Women Portrayed as Patriots?”

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

This week: American democracy has finally passed the Bechdel test; women stole the inauguration show; more women will serve as White House correspondents; women on Biden’s Cabinet; progress toward women’s equality in Tunisia has stagnated; and more.

Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health—a Historic First for Transgender People

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, Levine would be the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history.

Levine’s appointment sends a strong message that the administration intends to reverse course on what advocates say has been four years of war against LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration.

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.

As Commerce Secretary, Gov. Gina Raimondo Has “a Vision for an Inclusive Recovery”

With Inauguration Day fast-approaching, President-Elect Joe Biden took the stage on Friday, Jan. 8 to appoint the final members of his Cabinet. Among them was commerce secretary nominee and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

“The mission of the commerce department is a very simple one: to help spur good paying jobs, to empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, to come together with working families and American businesses to create new opportunities for all of us. It’s a simple but vital mission. It’s the same mission that’s driven my own life and the path of my family across generations.”

Kristen Clarke to Join Justice Department: “We Will Turn the Page on Hate”

Kristen Clarke is President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s nominee for assistant attorney general of the Civil Rights Division.

In accepting her nomination, Clarke vowed to “turn the page on hate and closed the door on discrimination by enforcing our federal civil rights laws,” citing leaders like Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley as key influences.