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Friday, May 03, 2019
Jane Castor elected Tampa's first openly LGBTQ mayor
"How exciting is this?" Castor said Tuesday night to a cheering crowd as she raised her hands in the air. "The next mayor of Tampa!" With endorsements from organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights, like the Human Rights Campaign and Equality...
Friday, May 03, 2019
2020 is not a fair playing field. Here's how to even it out
By Marianne Schnall, A record six women are running for president on the Democratic side: Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Amy Klobuchar, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and motivational speaker Marianne Williamson. This...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
WGBH News investigates gender diversity in local politics with ambitious digital project
More than 500. That’s how many phone calls and emails Laura Colarusso, WGBH News digital managing editor, and Emily Judem, digital producer, made to Massachusetts city and town governments to gather information about women in local politics for...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Some Americans still doubt women's emotional suitability for politics, according to study
The jam-packed 2020 Democratic presidential field includes six women, the largest-ever number of women to run for a party's presidential nomination. But a new study finds that some Americans still question whether women have the emotional fitness...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Study: Women presidential candidates endure tougher coverage
Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand has drawn some harsh media coverage since launching her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in January – but in that, it seems she's part of a sisterhood. Women candidates for the Democratic nomination are...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Trickle-down equality: More women in Congress means less sexism for staffers
Women in Congress have been getting attention recently for calling out casual sexism on the Hill — and female staffers say it’s making their jobs easier. California Rep. Katie Hill told a male colleague she didn’t appreciate his sexual innuendo on...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
The real reason America has never had a female president
By Natalie Gontcharova, When you have conversations with people, few will admit that they think a woman president is a bad idea, in theory. In fact, many will enthusiastically say "it's time" for a woman in the White House. According to a recent...
Friday, April 12, 2019
US: What woman presidential candidates are facing
The 2020 presidential election marks the first time more than two women have competed in the Democratic or Republican primaries, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Democratic congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard of...
Friday, April 12, 2019
US Poll: Women voters could give women candidates a boost in the Democratic primary
There’s a historic number of women running for the Democratic presidential ticket this cycle, and while several are considered top-tier candidates, they still aren’t leading the polls just yet. One key group that could give them a boost: women...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Pelosi to AP: 2020 Dem ticket doesn’t have to include woman
Ever pragmatic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she’d like to see a woman on the 2020 presidential ticket — but she’s not insisting on it. The California Democrat said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that it...
Friday, April 05, 2019
What nobody tells you about being a woman in politics
From unwanted advice about having kids to unrealistic expectations for fundraising, Reps. Terri Sewell and Veronica Escobar talk about the obstacles faced by women who run for office. Click here to to hear the full conversation.
Friday, April 05, 2019
Stop calling women in politics 'emotional'
Nancy Kaffer, I really wasn't sure whether I should write this column. On the one hand, you could call it thin: Talking about a decision made by Michigan's governor to halt work on a controversial pipeline on Wednesday's "Frank Beckmann Show" on...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Lori Lightfoot elected as Chicago’s first black female mayor
CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot has made history on several fronts after winning Chicago’s mayoral runoff on Tuesday. She will become the city’s first black woman and its first openly gay person to hold the office when sworn in next month. The nation’s...
Friday, March 29, 2019
Poll: Most see women equal to men in politics in the US
WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-time high of 84 percent of Americans believe women are just as suited emotionally for politics as men, according to a new survey that comes as the largest-ever field of women are running for president and with a record...
Monday, March 18, 2019
In 2020 field full of women, some men signal they will pick a female vice President
With a record number of female candidates running for president, some male Democratic contenders are signaling that a woman will be on their 2020 ticket — just not at the top. Two male candidates, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey and Beto O’Rourke...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Representation Matters: Women in the U.S. Congress
The importance of having women serving in Congress is still not fully appreciated or understood. In order to document women’s contributions to governing and understand how women are navigating the contemporary environment of party polarization, the...
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win in the United States
Path to Parity: How Women Run and Win distills Political Parity’s research on women candidates and elected officeholders, drawing on additional studies to illuminate issues and proffer strategies for overcoming barriers to political parity. Each...
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...