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Thursday, September 12, 2019
Since the 1870s, the West has led the way for women in politics
On Sept. 6, 1870 — Election Day — officials in Wyoming were concerned. The previous year, a violent mob in South Pass had attempted to prevent African American men from voting. And since then, the territorial Legislature had granted full political...
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Stop asking if women are electable
By Amanda Renteria, “Electability” has become perhaps the most discussed term in all of U.S. politics, and it’s a focal point of the 2020 presidential race. Pundits, pollsters and journalists continue debating who is electable and why. Yet even...
Friday, May 10, 2019
Survey: When should a woman have children if she’s thinking about running for office?
By Ruth Igielnik and Kim Parker, As moms across the United States celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, five of the six women vying for the Democratic residential nomination are themselves mothers. These women, all seeking the same high political...
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...
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...
Friday, December 14, 2018
Sisterhood in the halls of Congress, and you’re invited
By Maya Salam, “Speak truth, sis!” — Rashida Tlaib to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both newly elected congresswomen, in a message on Instagram It was not terribly surprising this week when yet another one of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweets went viral...
Monday, August 20, 2018
Smashing records: More women have won primaries than ever before
Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year — they are winning. More women than ever before have won major party primaries for governor, U.S. Senate and House this year — paving the way for November battles that could...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Single mothers are having their moment in American politics
A growing number of single women are running for public office. In order to beat their opponents, they may need to shatter some unfair stigmas first. Lily Espinoza Ploski is a Latina single mom to a 14-year-old son. She's also frustrated with a...
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Stacey Abrams wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor
Georgia Democrats selected the first black woman to be a major party nominee for governor in the United States on Tuesday, choosing Stacey Abrams, a liberal former State House leader, who will test just how much the state’s traditionally...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Study Finds Women See Female Lawmakers As More Competent, Having More Integrity
This year has brought with it a wave of women interested in running for office, particularly among Democrats. And though Republicans have seen less of a wave, Congress has gained one GOP woman already this year: Georgia's Karen Handel.  A new study...
Monday, August 07, 2017
Seattle poised to elect first woman mayor since 1926: Durkan, Moon and Oliver lead the pack
Seattle last elected a woman as chief executive in 1926. Bertha Knight Landes was the first woman to lead a major U.S. city, occupying the mayor’s office for two years after having served as president of the City Council. Seattle will elect a woman...
Monday, July 24, 2017
She Should Run Launches Campaign To Reach Gender Parity In Politics By 2030
Women make up just 20% of seats in Congress, 24% of state elective executive offices, and 25% of state legislatures seats across the U.S., according to data from the Center for American Women and Politics. She Should Run wants to change that. The...
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
State elections see infusion of first-time women candidates
Christine Lui Chen, a 36-year-old health care executive in New Jersey and mother of two small children, had never considered entering politics, focusing instead on her family, her career and her community. That all changed in January, 13 hours after...
Friday, November 11, 2016
Someday: the long fight for a female American president
In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote that American women shouldn’t "wrinkle their foreheads with politics." A century and a half later, when Hillary Clinton was born, that attitude still prevailed. That year, 1947, the US had zero female senators, zero...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Stephanie Berger
The Women's Campaign School at Yale University is a non-partisan and issue neutral leadership program that gathers women from the United States and across the world for an intensive five-day training. With the aim to improve women’s political...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Sarah Godlewski
The Women's Campaign School (WCS) at Yale University is a non-partisan and issue neutral leadership program that gathers women from the United States and across the world for an intensive five-day training. With the aim to improve women’s political...
Thursday, June 02, 2016
Sex, Bipartisanship, and Collaboration in the U.S. Congress
Are women in Congress really more likely than their male counterparts to work together and get things done, regardless of party lines? Or are they first and foremost partisan creatures? This Political Parity report was authored by researchers...