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Ms. Magazine - Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey greets supporters at a rally in Boston on Nov. 2, 2022. (Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images)
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
We need to push harder for women’s representation in leadership
More than 50 percent of the U.S. population is female, so it begs the question: Why are we still so underrepresented in politics? Across the country and in our nation’s capital, our newly elected leaders will soon have taken their oaths of office to...
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 3, 2023, as Murray’s husband, Rob Murray, looks on. She is the first woman to be Senate president pro temp
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
118th Congress has a record number of women
Women make up more than a quarter (28%) of all members of the 118th Congress – the highest percentage in U.S. history and a considerable increase from where things stood even a decade ago. Counting both the House of Representatives and the Senate,...
PBS - Maysoon Khan, Associated Press/Report for America
Wednesday, January 04, 2023
Kathy Hochul sworn in as New York’s 1st woman elected governor
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Kathy Hochul was sworn in for her first elected term on Sunday, making history as the first woman elected to the position in the state. The Democrat, launching her term as the 57th governor of New York, said her...
Six women set to take seats on new LA City Council, most in city's history (Picture City Council of LA)
Thursday, December 15, 2022
Six women set to take seats on new LA City Council, most in city's history
When the new Los Angeles City Council meets Tuesday for its first session, six women will have seats around the horseshoe in the chamber, the most in city history. This year's council elections welcomed in three new women in Katy Young Yaroslavsky,...
Hate in plain sight: Abuse targeting women ahead of the 2022 midterm elections on TikTok and Instagram
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Hate in plain sight: Abuse targeting women ahead of the 2022 midterm elections on TikTok and Instagram
Online abuse has a profound impact on the health of democratic societies, threatening progress on diversity and representation in politics. Research has shown that abuse can deter women and individuals from minority groups from pursuing careers in...
USA: Women in politics still face sexism from the media  - Courtesy of IMDB
Thursday, December 08, 2022
USA: Women in politics still face sexism from the media
From Hillary Clinton to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, some things have yet to change. Prejudice is alive and sustained in the media. Today, some journalists fall back on old habits, basing their questions and commentary on old prejudices like sexism,...
LOS ANGELES, CA-JANUARY 18, 2019: Supporters cheer during the 4th annual Women’s March Los Angeles kickoff at Pershing Square in dowtown Los Angeles. (Gabriella Angotti-Jones/Los Angeles Times)
Wednesday, December 07, 2022
California Politics: Huge gains for women in the Legislature
SACRAMENTO —  The California Legislature that will be sworn in Monday will include more women than ever before, accounting for about 42% of state lawmakers. That might not sound like much for a progressive state like California — home to a roster of...
USA: Why Black women candidates had mixed results in the midterm elections (PBS Picture)
Thursday, December 01, 2022
USA: Why Black women candidates had mixed results in the midterm elections
A record number of Black women ran for office this year for U.S. House, Senate and governor. And while some made history with their wins, Black women are still underrepresented in public office. Nadia Brown, the Director of the Women’s and Gender...
USA: A record number of women will serve in the next Congress (Picture: CNN)
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
USA: A record number of women will serve in the next Congress
CNN — A record number of women will be elected to Congress this year, CNN projects – but barely. The 149 women who will serve in the US House and Senate in the 118th Congress will expand the ranks of female representation by just two members above...
Quantifying gender biases towards politicians on Reddit (Picture: Plos One logo)
Thursday, November 24, 2022
Quantifying gender biases towards politicians on Reddit
increase gender parity in politics, global efforts have struggled to ensure equal female representation. This is likely tied to implicit gender biases against women in authority. In this work, we present a comprehensive study of gender biases that...
Maura Healey at the Massachusetts Democratic Party convention in Worcester in June.Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe via Getty Images file
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
USA: Lesbians score big political gains in midterm elections "rainbow wave"
The string of wins includes the election of the country’s first lesbian governors in Massachusetts and Oregon. The 2022 midterm elections ignited what LGBTQ advocates called yet another “rainbow wave,” with over 430 lesbian, gay, bisexual,...
US: Record 12 women to serve as governors, with notable firsts (Picture: AP)
Monday, November 21, 2022
USA: Record 12 women to serve as governors, with notable firsts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A record 12 women will take their seats as their state’s highest-ranking elected officials when the nation’s governors are sworn in this winter. The number tops the high mark set in 2004 of nine, with The Associated Press’...
FILE - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., strikes the gavel after announcing the passage of article II of impeachment against President Donald Trump, Dec. 18, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Friday, November 18, 2022
Pelosi, dominant figure for the ages, leaves lasting imprint
WASHINGTON (AP) — There are two searing scenes of Nancy Pelosi confronting the violent extremism that spilled into the open late in her storied political career. In one, she’s uncharacteristically shaken in a TV interview as she recounts the brutal...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks on the House floor at the Capitol in Washington Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Friday, November 18, 2022
Pelosi to step down from House leadership, stay in Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress, ending a historic run as the first woman with the gavel and making way for a new generation to steer the party after...
Karen Bass, 69, has a long track record of organizing across racial lines in south Los Angeles. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Karen Bass becomes the first female mayor of Los Angeles
The Democrat takes over as the second Black mayor in LA’s history, beating a rival who spent over $80m of his own money on the race The congresswoman Karen Bass was elected mayor of Los Angeles, defeating billionaire real estate developer Rick...
Sarah Huckabee Sanders of Arkansas, Democrat Maura Healey of Massachusetts and Democrat Kathy Hochul of New York (A/Getty Images)
Thursday, November 10, 2022
USA: Female governors will break a record in 2023
The US will have a record number of female governors in 2023. Still, the record-setting number – 12 – will represent a small fraction of the top executives across the 50 states. The previous record of nine female governors serving concurrently was...
 Boston Mayor Michelle Wu [+]BOSTON GLOBE VIA GETTY IMAGES
Thursday, November 10, 2022
USA: Women in politics have to deal with more harassment and violence. A new database tracks the threats
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has become a target for white supremacists. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal of Washington was stalked outside her house by a man with a gun. And New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez receives an “astronomical” number of...
Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey speaks during a Democratic election night party Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Wednesday, November 09, 2022
USA: These 2022 candidates made history with their election wins
As the results from the midterm elections started pouring in Tuesday night, a number of candidates made history. So far, there have been barriers broken by women including women of color, young people, and members of the LGBTQ community. Here’s a...

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