First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Gender Justice, Feminist Backlash and the Future of Women’s Leadership

Despite tremendous media coverage of the upcoming recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom in California, one aspect of this political struggle that has barely registered in California or nationally is the women’s rights work and leadership of Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the first partner of California. In a Ms. exclusive interview, contributing writer Jackson Katz, a long-time colleague and collaborator of Ms. Newsom, asked her about her gender justice advocacy work both in and outside of the Newsom administration—and her unfinished agenda.

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: The Imperative of Women’s Leadership

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

This week: We need to be laser focused on adding more women to the state legislatures; find out more about women’s representation in your state; Gov. Kathy Hochul has appointed two women to top leadership positions in her cabinet; the new woman head of the AFL-CIO; and more.

Ms. Global: Women and Girls Left Vulnerable in Afghanistan; Two Natural Disasters Hitting Haiti; Moldova’s New Female Prime Minister

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

Just 2% of All U.S. Governors Have Been Women; U.S. and Afghanistan Tie for Women’s Political Representation: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation

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

This week: Just 2 percent of all U.S. governors have been women; we honor the women of color behind passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965; women outpace men in medals earned at the Olympics; women hold 30 percent of seats on most S&P 500 boards; the United States and Afghanistan have the same percentage of women in Parliament (27%); and more.