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Monday, November 13, 2017
The lack of women leaders is a national emergency
Men run everything, and it’s enough already. Want to stop sexual harassment? Fix this now. There have been so many horrifying stories about male predatory behavior since the Harvey Weinstein story broke earlier this month, but one quote has truly stood out. In a damning memo about her boss, a...
Friday, November 03, 2017
Women in politics are also saying #MeToo
In the wake of the sexual violence allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, survivors across the globe and from all types of industries joined their voices to share harassment and assault stories using the hashtag #MeToo — and women in politics have not been the exception. More than...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Study Finds Women See Female Lawmakers As More Competent, Having More Integrity
This year has brought with it a wave of women interested in running for office, particularly among Democrats. And though Republicans have seen less of a wave, Congress has gained one GOP woman already this year: Georgia's Karen Handel.  A new study hints at where candidates and legislators can find...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
50 Women who made American political history
The history of women in American politics is just as long as that of the nation as a whole. Even in the days before the Constitution guaranteed women the right to vote, many tried hard to make a difference as best they could — and succeeded, not only by breaking glass ceilings and proving that...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Why women don't run for office
Women represent 20 percent of Congress, 25 percent of state legislature seats and 12 percent of governorships. They hold 24 percent of statewide elected offices, such as attorney general and lieutenant governor. While women have proven that they can raise money and win elections at comparable, if...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Report on Black Women in American Politics in 2017
Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, “Black Women in American Politics: 2017 Status Update is an analysis of the 2016 election and highlights the key wins for women of color overall – and Black women in particular. The data...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Electing More Black Women Requires Rejecting a Single Story of Women’s Political Progress
This OpEd was originally published by NBC on 27 July 2017 here. By Glynda C. Carr and Kelly DDittmar There is no single story for women in American politics. Take election 2016 for example. Few have characterized last year’s election as good for women. Whether because the first female nominee for...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Seattle poised to elect first woman mayor since 1926: Durkan, Moon and Oliver lead the pack
Seattle last elected a woman as chief executive in 1926. Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to lead a major U.S. city, occupying the mayor’s office for two years after having served as president of the City Council. Seattle will elect a woman as mayor in 2017 for the first time in 91 years,...
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Few, but Mighty: Women and Bill Sponsorship in the Pennsylvania General Assembly
Throughout this report, the authors offer a look at the unique strengths that women bring to policymaking and their impact on government is examined. They start by examining women’s representation in government, highlighting the underrepresentation of women both in the Pennsylvania state...
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Pennsylvania's women legislators few in number but more effective at passing laws, study says
A recent study found that women legislators in Pennsylvania’s General Assembly — though small in number — are more effective at passing legislation than their male counterparts. Researchers found, during the period they examined, that female legislators had a higher percentage of their sponsored...
Monday, July 24, 2017
She Should Run Launches Campaign To Reach Gender Parity In Politics By 2030
Women make up just 20% of seats in Congress, 24% of state elective executive offices, and 25% of state legislatures seats across the U.S., according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. She Should Run wants to change that. The nonpartisan organization focused on helping women...
Friday, July 07, 2017
USA: Would more women in politics make for better political discourse?
Christine Todd Whitman single handedly halted Bill Bradley’s presidential aspirations when she nearly beat him in a Senate race in 1990. A then unknown sacrificial lamb against an incumbent Hall of Fame basketball star. She lost by two percentage points. “I think any man who had come that close to...
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ready to Run seminar educates women interested in politics
Politically minded women and those looking to get more involved in politics met Saturday morning to talk campaigns, running for office and how to support those who share similar views. The seminar was titled Ready to Run, and was sponsored by The League of Women Voters of East Alabama at Auburn...
Monday, June 12, 2017
What it will take for women to win
Women are more politically mobilized than ever before — but that’s not enough to get them into office. A POLITICO investigation reveals what’s really stopping women from breaking through. One morning this spring, 80 women of different ages, parties and backgrounds gathered in a hotel ballroom in...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
State elections see infusion of first-time women candidates
Christine Lui Chen, a 36-year-old health care executive in New Jersey and mother of two small children, had never considered entering politics, focusing instead on her family, her career and her community. That all changed in January, 13 hours after she attended the Women's March on Washington. She...
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Women veterans take aim at a new target: Public office
Mikie Sherrill has never run for office. But after piloting Navy rescue missions to places like the Persian Gulf, Italy and Bahrain, where the heat and humidity rattle the helicopter engine and the only thing you can count on is your calculation that you've brought along enough fuel to save lives...
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
International Conference at Rutgers University on Resisting Women's Political Leadership
This conference seeks to explore in the nature, origins, and manifestations of resistance to women’s political leadership, taking a global perspective and engaging scholars and practitioners working in a host of related areas. Positioned at the nexus between theory and empirics, the aim is to share...
Monday, May 08, 2017
More Massachusetts women jumping into politics
Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, and still stunned by Donald Trump’s victory, increasing numbers of Democratic women are diving into Massachusetts politics. “The national political environment we’re in, that’s the backdrop to every political discussion,” said Lexington resident...