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Friday, December 06, 2019
Are Americans ready for a female president? Yes. In fact, they might prefer one
BY Mary C. MC Grath, Sara Saltzer, Shortly after declaring her intention to run for president of the United States, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was asked how she would address people who wanted to support her but worried that their fellow...
Friday, December 06, 2019
The biggest barrier facing women running for president
BY Julie Rodin Zebrak, As any Democrat knows, black women are the backbone of the party. It’s a ubiquitous fact in virtually all coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Yet as of this writing, there are six candidates who qualify for December’s...
Friday, December 06, 2019
We’re seeing more women in politics. Is it a quick ‘wave’ or a lasting trend?
By Joshua J. Weikert, Coming off the Nov. 5 election, I am prompted to reflect on a feature of our politics that is both a significant challenge and a source of optimism: gender representation. There is a dramatic deficit in the relative number of...
Friday, November 29, 2019
Women MPs in Westminster need more than a hashtag campaign to fight misogyny
By Ruhi Khan, A hundred years ago, on November 28 1919, Nancy Astor was elected and became the first woman Member of Parliament to take up her seat and enter Westminster. A hundred years later, in a series of shocking revelations, more and more...
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Voting for women is more than gender politics. It's opting to create real change
By Jamie Lee Curtis, Thanksgiving is an American tradition — one based on a story about two different peoples coming together to share a meal (even if it was really the Native Americans saving the lives of the colonists). That bridging of...
Friday, November 22, 2019
What do we hear when women speak?
By Jessica Bennett, Four female moderators. Four female candidates. That’s more women on a presidential debate stage than ever before. So what will listeners hear? Carole Simpson, a longtime television newscaster, was told early in her career that...
Friday, November 22, 2019
Daily online abuse is driving women away from politics
By Sarah Masson, As candidates we welcome questions on our policies and our views, but asking a candidate personal questions about whether she has had an abortion is bang out of order and I can’t believe I even have to say that.” This was a tweet I...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Women running for office have to worry about one more thing: Their phones
For groups training the next generation of women in politics, the main message is: Do not post. Anything. It’s not fair. It’s not the same for men. But anything you post will be fair game. The young women in the room knew the story of the California...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Election reveals shift in suburban leadership
More young women from diverse backgrounds are running — and winning. As Nadia Mohamed doorknocked for her City Council campaign, the 23-year-old often fielded questions from St. Louis Park residents about her age. Just how young are you, they asked...
Friday, November 15, 2019
Women running for office have to worry about one more thing: Their phones
For groups training the next generation of women in politics, the main message is: Do not post. Anything. It’s not fair. It’s not the same for men. But anything you post will be fair game. The young women in the room knew the story of the California...
Monday, November 11, 2019
Ready, willing and electable: Women running for executive office (2019)
In 2018, a record number of women were elected to Congress, but it’s a different story when you look at governorships. Today, only nine women serve as governor, tying a previous record first set in 2004. Twenty states have never had a woman governor...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Women are more likely than men to leave politics after an early loss
Americans elected more than 100 women to office in the 2018 midterm elections, but women still hold less than a quarter of the seats in Congress. Why are women so poorly represented? Theories include: women are less politically ambitious; there is a...
Monday, November 04, 2019
Beyond the peace process: Women and political transitions panel series
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is organizing panel series on Capitol Hill that will bring greater focus to the political participation aspects of the implementation of the 2017 Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Act. The WPS Act and its...
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
The history of indigenous women’s leadership
In the 2018 midterms, Deb Haaland (NM-01) and Sharice Davids (KS-03) won their respective elections and became the first Native American women to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Out of 18 total Native Americans who have served in the...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
What “Votes for Women” Means in 2020
By Erin Vilardi, As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day today—and openly recognize it’s flawed history in the full enfranchisement of all women—we continue the fight for equality and self-determination in our democracy. Next year, when we mark the...
Sunday, June 30, 2019
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...
Friday, May 17, 2019
#RunAsYouAre2019: Multi-city national training
#RunAsYouAre 2019: National Training is a day long workshop for women who want to run for office and support other women who want to run. VoteRunLead's signature "How to Run for Office" trainings will be in 20 cities across the country, led by...