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Wednesday, February 20, 2019
How growing number of women in politics is shaping perceptions of power, strength
There are more women than ever serving in Congress right now. And there are more women running for president in 2020 than ever before. This seems to represent a fundamental shift in American politics, rather than merely “the year of the woman” — a...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Taking the seat and the table, too: what valuing black women in politics looks like
In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected officials from across the country gathered for a 9 a.m. Sunday session. It was the sort of weekend conference that routinely...
Monday, February 18, 2019
Do women in politics face a double standard?
Readers discuss if and how gender bias and stereotypes play a role in politics, citing past presidential races. To the Editor: Re “How Sexism Plays Out on the Campaign Trail” (front page, Feb. 12): The notion that voters’ preference for “likable”...
Friday, February 15, 2019
USA: 'There's not just one women's lane'. A record number of female candidates running for president
With Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota launching their presidential bids over the weekend, there are now more women running for a single party's nomination than ever. Warren and Klobuchar join fellow...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Connections: Discussing stereotypes faced by women in politics
The New York Times stirred debate with a piece about perceptions of sexism on the campaign trail. Six women are running for president in 2020, and record numbers of women are running for office on just about every level. The Times piece is called “A...
Monday, February 11, 2019
Count the number of women running for president. And get used to it.
By Margaret Carlson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) whomped President Trump and then ungraciously rubbed it in. At the State of the Union — which she had forced the president to reschedule — she leaned over and clapped in his face. Women...
Monday, February 11, 2019
USA: ‘A woman, just not that woman’, how sexism plays out on the trail
By Maggie Astor, In the words of her detractors during the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton was abrasive and shrill. She was aloof. She was unlikable. It’s not a coincidence that some of these adjectives are now bubbling up in discussions of...
Friday, February 08, 2019
Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's historic presidential run was "unbought and unbossed"
By Jenn M. Jackson, “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring in a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm I first learned the name Shirley Chisholm when I was in my 20s. Barack Obama was running for president of the United States and I was...
Thursday, February 07, 2019
USA: 2019's barrier-breaking politicians get to work
On November 6, 125 women were elected to the House, Senate, and governorships. This week, they assume power. Here's what they plan on doing with it. First they marched. Then they ran. And then? They won—big. In last year’s midterms, women candidates...
Tuesday, February 05, 2019
No U.S. state legislature has ever been majority-women — until now
It’s been 20 years, but Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton still remembers the cigar smoke. During her first year as a Nevada state senator in 1999, she heard about a meeting happening in her committee chairman’s office without her. So she and a female...
Friday, February 01, 2019
US: ‘This could be me’. Women rival male candidates in early 2020 presidential field
Although the 2020 presidential cycle remains in its initial stages, the race for the White House is expected to draw an historic number of women candidates — with many already having taken steps towards running and others rumored to be considering...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
US: She’s not ‘the one’. The antidote to sexism in the race toward the presidency
By Emma Gray, For those who worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, it was obvious that sexism played a role in how her candidacy was received. Pundits complained about her facial expressions, her “shrill” tone and her alleged...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Gender quotas aren’t doing much to help women in politics in Australia
By Brian Winchester, It is important to the vibrant health of a community that debate and dissent are given plenty of opportunity to challenge standards. It’s the only way to guard against mediocrity and complacency, and to foster the innovative and...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Meet the 32-year-old nurse who just became the youngest black woman in the US Congress
When the 116th Congress was sworn into office on Thursday, the class made history as the most diverse group ever with a record 127 women. Among those women was 32-year-old Democrat Lauren Underwood, who etched her name in the history book as the...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
USA: The sublime, sudden new normal of watching women run for President
By Mattie Kahn, Earlier this week Kamala Harris entered the 2020 presidential race. Her announcement was the expected conclusion to the will-she-won't-she conversation that has surrounded her since she was elected to the Senate in 2016, announced...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Women on the Run
Register for Women on the Run, a non-partisan training and mentoring program for women interested in running for office, running campaigns or serving in a leadership role of a community organization. The program is held in both Palm Beach and...
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Young Women Run New York
Action-oriented conference focused on strategies for stepping up and owning your political power.Elected leaders and politically ambitious young women will share how to best position yourselves as public leaders. Young women’s political leadership...
Monday, January 21, 2019
Kamala Harris joins Democratic presidential field
Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and barrier-breaking prosecutor who became the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president on Monday, joining an increasingly crowded and diverse field...