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Friday, October 11, 2019
The unfinished business of achieving gender parity in U.S. politics
There is no doubt that women made history in the 2018 election, running for and winning elected office in record numbers. Non-incumbent women won at higher rates than men across most levels of office and were responsible for the majority of...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
The women’s revolution in politics
By Caitlin Moscatello, When waves of pink-hatted women engulfed the streets the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated — having beaten the first woman to be nominated by a major party despite his viral boasts of grabbing women by their genitals —...
Friday, August 16, 2019
This election season, we’re examining the role gender plays in news coverage. Here’s why
By Kiana Scott & Tamara Power-Drutis, When Jenny Durkan was sworn in as Seattle’s mayor in 2017, the Seattle Weekly introduced her with the words, “Durkan, who wore a royal blue blazer and black slacks, flashed a toothy smile as she settled at...
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The podcast that's inspiring women to pursue positions in leadership
Women have made great progress in the struggle for equality. But when it comes to filling leadership positions, women lag substantially behind men across industries, including in law, medicine, finance, academia and politics. In podcasting, there’s...
Friday, July 12, 2019
The real turning point for women’s political power
In february 13, 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt stood triumphant before the opening session of the National Woman Suffrage Association convention and declared the organization’s decades-long mission finally accomplished. “Women be glad today. Let your...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Thinking of running in 2020? Lessons learned from women who ran for congress in 2018
By Julie Dolan and Paru Shah, There’s a great deal of excitement leading up to the 2020 elections, in part because of the unprecedented numbers of women running for President. But candidates are also making history elsewhere, more quietly and...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The 6 women running for president in the US have answers
“The opportunities for the next president are enormous. We can show worldwide leadership.” — Senator Elizabeth Warren, on whether it’s possible for the next president to help stop climate change. There are a lot of Democrats running for president of...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The inescapable challenge of talking while female
By Adrienne Green, At first, it seemed like the Democrats’ first primary debate would be an exercise in politeness. As the candidates tried to introduce themselves and their agendas to potential voters, minutes went by without so much as a small...
Friday, June 28, 2019
The 2019 Democratic debate shows how striking it is to have more representation onstage
This week’s Democratic debates were historic: They mark the first time ever that more than one woman candidate was onstage at a US presidential debate. On Wednesday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) stood alongside Rep. Tulsi...
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The strange tale of the first woman to run for President
By Carol Felsenthal, As Hillary Clinton’s official campaign announcement nears, expect much more talk about the historical importance of a woman becoming president—it was, after all, a precedent-shattering approach that helped deliver Barack Obama...
Friday, May 10, 2019
The next president should not be a man
By Farhad Manjoo, There is no good reason to put yet another man in the White House. According to pollsters and political reporters, a dispiriting dynamic has taken hold of the early stages of the Democratic presidential primary: Voters are...
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
The 2020 US elections will again expose the barriers facing female politicians
By Martina Fitzgerald, A recent issue of Vanity Fair featured a cover photo of White House hopeful Beto O’Rourke and his words about the 2020 US presidential race: “I want to be in it. Man, I’m just born to be in it.” One wonders what the reaction...
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...
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Taking the seat and the table, too: what valuing black women in politics looks like
In a posh ballroom overlooking Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a hushed roomful of state and local elected officials from across the country gathered for a 9 a.m. Sunday session. It was the sort of weekend conference that routinely...
Friday, December 07, 2018
The hardest glass ceiling in politics
By Abby Livingston, When Jody Casey came aboard as Beto O’Rourke’s campaign manager in late summer 2017, she faced a dilemma. She was a political novice and O’Rourke family friend who had quit her sales job at General Electric to join the campaign....
Friday, September 28, 2018
The Guardian view on US politics: No hearing for women
By Brett Kavanaugh, Can you trust women? This is the question at the heart of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court. It was evident long before Thursday’s senate judiciary committee hearings addressing Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation...
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress
Two Democrats are poised to become the first Muslim women in Congress, offering a sharp counterpoint to the anti-Muslim policies and sentiment surfacing in Washington and across the country. Ilhan Omar, a Minnesota state lawmaker and Somali-American...