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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...
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, January 31, 2019
The Kindness Quotient Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump
By Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern’s sudden, spectacular rise to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into headlines around the world. Deservedly so. In an era defined by the emergence of populist leaders who are often...
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...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
India: Empowering effects of women in politics
By Rachel Brulé, Reservation for women in politics has positively impacted their inheritance rights as well as marriage negotiations. Quotas for women in government have swept the world as a revolutionary tool to further female political inclusion....
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...
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
On the issue of women’s rights in Indonesian politics
By Nisfi Mubarokah, Indonesian women can hardly forget the country’s presidential debate held two weeks ago. The issue of women’s rights was front and center. The incumbent, Joko Widodo, questioned his challenger’s commitment to women’s rights...
Friday, January 25, 2019
Ireland needs to elect more women and this is how we achieve it
It’s been suggested that the rise of women's interest in Irish politics could have been directly attributable to the introduction of gender quotas. The Electoral (Amendment) (Political Funding) Bill was introduced in the Seanad in February 2012 and...
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...
Friday, January 18, 2019
Multiple women are in the 2020 race already and people are so pumped
It's perhaps more likely than ever that the next U.S. president could be a woman. Following a history-making number of female candidates joining Congress this month, women in the 2020 presidential race have broken additional records less than three...
Friday, January 18, 2019
When honest women replace ‘self-made’ men
By Jill Filipovic, At the end of this month, Nancy Pelosi will retake her position on the podium behind the president as he gives his State of the Union address. As speaker of a House that is more female and more racially diverse than at any time in...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Australia: Liberal women have little chance if the system still favours party cronyism
By Eugenie Joseph, Many candidates – across all parties – are not selected on clear merit, especially for winnable seats. Gender quotas have been a hot topic, but while they will increase the quantity of women they are not a magic bullet solution to...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
What you see when it’s your job to open a woman MP’s Facebook messages
I’ve worked at parliament for three different MPs over five years. For the first time, I’m now working for a woman MP, and the kind of messages sent to her online are shocking. “Hey, what are you up to tonight?” “Is that your boyfriend?” It’s 9.37pm...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
I was the youngest woman in Congress. Here's my advice to those who have taken my place
By Elise Stefanik, When I was sworn in four years ago, I was given wise counsel by the previous youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Now, I'm proud to do the same. Now that the 116th Congress is sworn into office, I am proud and honored to pass...
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Kamala Harris: 'Single women in politics' aren't granted the same 'latitude' as men
By Judy Kurtz, Sen. Kamala Harris says single women in politics get treated differently than their male counterparts. The imbalance, the California Democrat writes in her new book, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey,” released Tuesday, is part...
Tuesday, January 08, 2019
Hillary Clinton’s “Likable” comment is a swipe at how people talk about women leaders
By Mehreen Kasana, More often than not, "likability" tests haunt women in politics more than their male colleagues. Most recently, pundits wondered aloud if Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who announced that she was exploring a 2020...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Have we learned nothing from 2016 about how to cover women in politics?
By Michelle Ruiz, No sooner had Elizabeth Warren (all but) announced her 2020 presidential candidacy than the same old sexist narratives began: “How does Warren avoid a Clinton redux—written off as too unlikable before her campaign gets off the...
Friday, January 04, 2019
Congress is more heavily female than at any point in history — thanks solely to new Democrats
By Philip Bump, On Thursday, the most heavily female House of Representatives in U.S. history selected a woman as its leader for the next two years, setting a new high-water mark in the gender diversity of the House and Congress as a whole. That...