By Anna Keilly
This week, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) introduced the Fair Representation Act, which along with addressing problems of partisan gerrymandering and encouraging politicians to represent everyone, not just their base, has the potential to radically improve the gender and racial diversity of Congress.
By Cameryn Chan
South Korea’s 2020 national election saw multiple achievements, including turnout — which exceeded expectations given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic — and a surge in women’s representation at the national level. A record 57 women won seats in office, six more than last year. Women now make up a historic 19% of parliamentary seats.
While this is a great feat, South Korea continues to struggle with gender balanced representation in the political sphere. Currently, for women’s representation in the National parliament, South Korea ranks 119th in the world, severely lagging behind its democratic allies. …
By Maura Reilly
Despite historic achievements, accomplishments and advancements Black women have made throughout U.S. history, their stories are often overlooked and left out of the history books. A problem that 2Leaf Press, “a small press with big ideas,” is hoping to help correct with their latest book TRAILBLAZERS: Black Women Who Helped Make America Great.
The first of six volumes, TRAILBLAZERS: American Firsts/American Icons, features sixty-five activists, dancers and athletes who have blazed trails, broken records, and made history from the founding of the country to present day. Volume one is set to be released in June 2021, and…
By Karen Stout
The Virginia GOP opted for a new form of voting to choose their party nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. In an “unassembled” party convention, more than 30,000 party delegates used ranked choice voting to simulate in-person convention voting processes and elect consensus nominees.
The use of ranked choice voting ensured the winning candidate had a majority support (50% +1) from party delegates. Roughly 53,000 delegates were registered to participate and voted at 39 sites across the state, and about 30,000 of those delegates voted on May 8th. This exceeds the number of delegates from…
By Meaghan Shea
In 2019, the European Union made headlines when it selected Ursula von der Leyen, the first woman in the institution’s history, to serve as President of the European Commission. The Commission, a 27-member group with one commissioner appointed by each EU member state, serves as the European Union’s executive branch, responsible for proposing legislation and managing diplomatic relationships between the nations of the EU and its allies. Concurrent with von der Leyen’s election, the Commission neared gender parity, with a total of 13 women appointed to the executive body.
By Cameryn Chan
It’s time to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Month! But first, let’s take a look at what it means to be “Asian American”.
“Asian-American” is an expansive term, one that groups a variety of ethnicities into a single grouping. Unfortunately, many have come to associate this term only with people of East Asian descent (eg. Chinese, Korean, Japanese). In reality, the community also includes those who hail from places like India, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, and Cambodia. …
By Alexis Shaw
As a part of our mission at RepresentWomen, we want to actively break down barriers that prevent all women from running, winning, serving, and leading. Through our research, we have found that language barriers are in place, preventing women who want to serve from accessing pertinent voting information, as well as connections to organizations like us who can help them run. Lack of access to this information is a significant issue in getting women to start their political careers. This type of structural barrier affects women for whom English is not their first language. …
By Fatma Tawfik
On International Women’s Day, President Sisi ordered the Ministry of Justice to hire women in the Egyptian council of state and the public prosecution for the first time in history.
The minister of justice Omar Marawan responded to the presidential initiative, stating: “President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s directions for the work of women in the State Council and the Public Prosecution came as a gift to women and complete their constitutional rights in the judicial authorities, explaining that the woman works across all judicial bodies and only those two positions were the exception until now”
By Angie Gomez
Since the first local elections in 1948, politics in Puerto Rico have long been defined by two political parties, the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and the New Progressive Party (PNP), with smaller, third parties being largely locked out of leadership positions. In total, 13 governors have led the island, and all have come from either the PPD or PNP. Six governors have been elected from the PPD, including the first woman to hold the position, Sila María Calderón. …
By Julia Tallant
The recent legalization of abortion in Argentina affirmed its position as a regional leader in progressive social policy and underscored the importance of women politicians in these legislative advances. The success of this progressive legislation comes after the coalescence of the feminist civil society movement and the growing numbers of women legislators.
Although there remain debates around the tokenism of women’s representation with gender quotas, it is no coincidence that one of the earliest and strongest supporters of gender quotas is also the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion.
Argentina implemented a 30 percent gender…