Rest in Power: Christine Jahnke, Pathbreaking Speech Coach for Women in Politics

Christine Jahnke, a communications advisor best known for helping prep female politicians in the Democratic Party to run for office, as well as coaching others in public speaking, died in her Washington state home on Aug. 4. Most famous for being the speech coach to First Lady Michelle Obama during the early years of the Obama administration, she enjoyed three decades assisting women in finding their voices within the public forum, including everything from public presentations to interviews to debates.

“She not only transformed what a person could do; she transformed a movement.”

We Heart: Senators on Suffrage and the Importance of Voting

To mark the suffrage centennial, the Smithsonian Museum of National History put together a digital exhibit celebrating the Suffrage Movement called “Creating Icons: How We Remember Woman Suffrage” about the history of the suffrage movement and what has been left out of the history books. The tab “Senators on Suffrage” includes reflections on suffrage from women senators.

The Difference Women Voters Make

Women vote at higher rates than men, and there is a growing gender gap in partisan affiliation and presidential voting, fueled largely by Black and Latina women’s strong identification with the Democratic Party.

Yet despite the fact that women are over 53 percent of voters, they are just 23.7 percent of Congress, 29.2 percent of state legislators, and 28.9 percent of statewide executive officeholders.

We have a long way to go to achieving women’s equality.

Voting Rights are Reproductive Rights: Legislators Across 19 States on 19th Amendment’s Legacy

Reproductive freedom and voting are intrinsically linked.

“As long as women’s reproductive freedom continues to be politicized, women must vote.”

“Controlling women’s bodies has been a method of subjugation for centuries, as has been hindering and preventing people from voting, a central pillar of our democracy. Notably, we cannot truly get or keep one without the other.”

Women’s Representation Roundup: The Convergence of Kamala and the Suffrage Centennial

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

This week: the president’s “strange” pardon of Susan B. Anthony; the convergence of Kamala and suffrage; next steps for Black women in the political realm; how to eliminate gerrymandering and elect more women; why women vote more than men; a gender audit of judicial positions in Kenya; women in the democracy reform movement; rest in power: Chris Jahnke; and suggested reading from the team.

War on Women: Trump’s Obsession with “Nasty Women”—From Harris to Clinton

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

This week: Donald Trump’s executive actions and empty promises; transphobia from the Trump administration; Trump’s troublesome new coronavirus advisor, Scott Atlas; Trump calls Harris “meanest” and “most horrible”; the Trump administration’s newest policy focus: increasing the amount of water permitted to flow from shower heads; GOP support for Marjorie Taylor Greene, a known QAnon conspiracy; Sexism, racism, birtherism and baseless lies in the continued attacks on Kamala Harris by Trump and Fox News; and Trump restricts vote-by-mail

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: The Global Impact of Harris’s Selection

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

This week: Harris makes history, but it’s only a first step to gender parity and racial justice; the history of Black women in politics in the United States; the global impact of Harris’s selection; gender balance rules in American politics; “The 19th at 100: Progress and the Path Forward”; Justice Sotomayor shows young Latinas the political path forward; woman lead peaceful protests in Belarus; Fawzia Koofi is one of only two women leading peace negotiations with the Taliban; four women in Israel who have made headway in politics; revisiting Pawnee and Leslie Knope during the Trump era; and suggested feminist reading.