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Friday, December 14, 2018
Sisterhood in the halls of Congress, and you’re invited
By Maya Salam, “Speak truth, sis!” — Rashida Tlaib to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both newly elected congresswomen, in a message on Instagram It was not terribly surprising this week when yet another one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets went viral...
Friday, December 07, 2018
The hardest glass ceiling in politics
By Abby Livingston, When Jody Casey came aboard as Beto O’Rourke’s campaign manager in late summer 2017, she faced a dilemma. She was a political novice and O’Rourke family friend who had quit her sales job at General Electric to join the campaign....
Friday, December 07, 2018
Political participation of women: What does this mean for gender equality?
By Donah Mbabazi, Any nation that fails to educate its girls or employ its women and allow them to maximise their potential is doomed to fall behind in the global economy. Imagine if you have a team and you don’t let half the team play, that’s...
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Female politicians are more effective for their constituents, a study says. So why aren’t there more of them in office?
By Courtland Milloy Angela Alsobrooks, the first woman elected Prince George’s county executive, thanked her mother among others during an inaugural address on Monday. “She made me proud to be a woman, a servant and a fighter,” Alsobrooks said. She’...
Thursday, December 06, 2018
America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained
Ever since women started holding political office, American men have been fixated on their clothes. When she was in the Senate, Carol Moseley Braun got used to having her clothing scrutinized. She remembers one incident in particular, she told Vox...
Friday, November 30, 2018
USA: A historic number of women were elected in 2018—these four are expected to run for president in 2020
The 2018 midterm election included a wave of victories for female candidates and major upsets across the country. Now, four prominent female Democrats are all but openly running for president. Sen. Kamala Harris of California, considered a top...
Friday, November 30, 2018
Indigenous congresswoman-elect Deb Haaland reflects on historic win
Haaland was 1 of 2 Native American women to be elected to the U.S. congress on Tuesday Deb Haaland was one of two Indigenous women to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, and she says she can't be happier with the historic win...
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Americans are more comfortable with women as executives than politicians
Americans say they're more comfortable with a woman in a boardroom than in the White House, according to a recent survey by Kantar, a data and consultancy company. The findings were published on Tuesday at the Women Political Leaders Global Forum in...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Women in politics roundtable
A record number of women ran for US office in 2018. What implications does this trend have for future female participation in politics, both here in the United States and around the globe? Join Women in International Security and the Embassy of...
Friday, November 23, 2018
‘It’s changed me forever’: Here’s how women fueled a political shift in Mecklenburg
Tuesday’s recount that ratified the election of Democrat Rachel Hunt to the North Carolina House underscored the success not only of female candidates but of the women who helped elect them. Hunt, who defeated Republican Rep. Bill Brawley by 68...
Friday, November 23, 2018
Abuse and sexism: Female MPs discuss barriers to women in politics
Abuse, sexism and a lack of equality remain barriers to women looking to stand for election, according to a cross-party parliamentary panel. Dozens of MPs pulled no punches in expressing how tough it still is for women to get into parliament as they...
Friday, November 23, 2018
GOP is trying to figure out why it has almost no women in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — For congressional Republicans, this month’s elections ushered in the year of the woman — literally. West Virginia's Carol Miller will be the only Republican woman entering the 435-member House as a newcomer in January. She'll join...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
100 years on, female MPs are still too few
By Helen Pankhurst and 19 others, This week marks 100 years since the first women gained the right to stand for election to the House of Commons – a landmark in Britain’s democratic history. Sadly, however, women continue to be desperately under-...
Monday, November 19, 2018
How many husbands control the votes of their wives? We'll never know
By Rebecca Solnit, Progressive organizer Annabel Park told the story that made me start to wonder. “I can’t stop thinking about this woman I met while doorknocking for Beto in Dallas,” Annabel wrote on social media a few days before the midterm...
Friday, November 16, 2018
Can quotas solve gender inequality in government?
The November 2018 election in the US will go down for a number of firsts. The first Somali American Muslim woman to be elected to office. The first Native American woman sent to Congress. And a record number of women elected to the House of...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Women in politics face constant sexist attacks, proving progress is only partial
By Ani Gasparyan, The 2018 midterm elections made significant strides for the Democratic Party. But the same can’t be said for women in politics. A record number of women ran this year and won seats in Congress. A total of 256 women ran for office...
Friday, November 09, 2018
Women in politics are the new, unexceptional normal
By Soraya Chemaly, The midterm elections saw a cascade of historical firsts for women, as the first Muslim women (Democrat Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Democrat Ilhan Omar, a Somali American former refugee in Minnesota) and Texas’ first Latinas (...
Friday, November 09, 2018
American women won at the ballot in record numbers. Here’s what’s next
Historic wins for women in the midterm elections drove home the interpretation that 2018 was, indeed, the “Year of the Woman.” But it remains unknown whether women’s political capital will continue to rise. The 101 women and counting who won House...