Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation in politics, on boards, in sports and entertainment, in judicial offices and in the private sector in the U.S. and around the world—with a little gardening and goodwill mixed in for refreshment!
On Super Tuesday, Smith earned a first-place finish. But to win, she’ll have to prevail in two elections over the next eight months. National Democrats are looking at the May special election as a bellwether for 2020. Do Democrats have what it takes to hold the House majority? With Trump on the ballot, can the women of the 2018 wave survive their first test as swing district incumbents in what will be the most polarized election in a generation?
Elizabeth Warren’s take on gender’s role in her campaign shows how difficult it is for women to navigate themselves in the political sphere ultimately dominated by men.
The U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement this past Saturday. The agreement has no guarantees for Afghan women’s rights, human rights and the Afghan Constitution—and makes no commitment to preserve and continue the groundbreaking progress achieved in the last 20 years.
Patriarchal societies persist everywhere in the world, so without serious institutional mechanisms to promote the election of women, they are unlikely to see women reach the highest elective office. It is time for the U.S. to become a role model of representative democracy and implement real and effective policies to promote the election of women at all levels, and particularly for the top elected job.
Dr. Vanessa Tyson wasn’t planning to run for a seat in the California State Assembly. But when an incumbent announced he wasn’t seeking reelection and the opportunity presented itself to make a difference in her community through political office, she jumped in.
Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will now join a mere handful of women who have won primary delegates in U.S. history—bringing the total up to seven.
The board’s “break with convention,” and their decision to back two candidates in a primary, feels less like a declaration and more like a sexist cop-out. Intended or not, having two women share the space historically reserved for one man gives those women short shrift.
American political parties have the legal right to include and enforce gender quotas for candidate recruitment and ballot inclusion—and they have a history and precedent of enforcing affirmative action rules when it comes to appointed and elected party positions. Yet the U.S. remains one of the few countries where some form of gender quotas do not exist.
Our collective inability to imagine women as viable leaders doesn’t only percolate through the fictional worlds of popular culture. It also frames consequential political debates—and elections.