Women’s Representation: It’s Time to Build a Truly Representative Democracy

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

This week: Events this week are a stunning reminder that we must build institutions that represent the people they serve; breaking down feminist democratic representation; the role newly-elected Republican women may play in the 117th Congress; the amount of money raised and spent on individual women candidates; and this week’s must-reads.

“A Trailblazing Leader”: Feminists React to Speaker Pelosi’s Re-Election

The top House Democrat since 2003 and the only woman to ever serve as speaker, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) won a fourth term as leader of the House on Sunday, Jan. 3, in a 216-209 partisan vote.

Pelosi’s re-election marks an important milestone in U.S. history: Come Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, both people next in line for presidential succession will be women—Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris and Speaker Pelosi.

The Ms. Top Feminists of 2020

Despite the political, economic and public health challenges this year—or perhaps because of them—feminists mobilized, fought for our rights, and made progress on many of the issues we care deeply about.

From voter mobilization to reproductive justice, politicians to pop stars, here are our top feminists of 2020.

Rep. Deb Haaland Makes History as Interior Secretary Nominee: “I’ll Be Fierce for All of Us”

In his newest round of Cabinet nominations, President-Elect Joe Biden tapped Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as the first Indigenous secretary of the interior. Haaland, who currently serves as vice chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, would also be the first Native American to ever hold a secretary position in the Cabinet.

She spoke alongside fellow climate and energy appointees on Saturday, Dec. 19, promising to “be fierce for all of us, for our planet and all of our protective land.”

Women’s Representation: Biden Breaks Record for the Most Women Ever Appointed to Cabinet

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

This week: the mayor of Paris fined for appointing too many women to leadership; using financial incentives, (and penalties) to ensure gender balance; Deb Haaland may become the first Native woman to serve in a Cabinet position; what role will Kamala Harris play in the new administration?; how many women leaders has Biden selected?; Zimbabwe proposes gender quotas; district partisanship is the biggest indicator of which party will win; feminist books for children; and more!