By Kaycie Goral

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A “Historic” “Record-Breaking” and “Most diverse” Congress yet.

Much has been reported on the record number of women, racial minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community elected this past November to Congress.. However, it’s just as important to note that Congress continues to be overwhelmingly cis, white, heterosexual, and male.

When the phrase “record-breaking” is bandied around, it is easy to think we are on the fast track to achieving diversity in Congress. In reality, despite several “record-breaking” elections, the U.S. …

By Maura Reilly

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This week, Anne Hidalgo, the second-term Mayor of Paris, made history becoming the first French official fined for appointing too many women to management positions within the city administration. In 2018, Hidalgo named eleven women and five men to senior level positions within her administration; with women holding 69% of the positions, Hidalgo failed to adhere to the 2013 national law requiring no single gender make up more than 60% of senior officials.

Although the law was amended in 2019 to include waivers for cases in which new hires do not create overall gender imbalance or inequality, Hidalgo’s administration has been fined 90,000 Euros, roughly $110,000. A fine, which Mayor Hidalgo has stated she is not only happy to pay, she will deliver the check personally along with women in her administration to the Ministry of Public Service. …

By Bobbie Bell

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While the U.S. celebrates our first ever woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, and a record number of women and women of color in the 117th Congress, gender parity and equality continues to be out of reach. RepresentWomen’s 2020 Gender Parity Index shows the more detailed and complex truth about women’s political representation in the United States. A truth that shows while the media celebrates historic wins for women, representation and legislative power continues to lag across the country.

RepresentWomen’s 2020 Gender Parity Index provides a thorough breakdown on gender parity in each of the 50 states. The report found only New Hampshire has reached gender parity ranking first in the U.S. and scoring 50.10 and receiving an “A” grade; while three states, Montana, Utah and Louisiana all received “F” grades for women’s representation. While women have made great strides in advancement towards leadership roles, our continued failure to reach or even near gender parity has had numerous consequences on women’s health rights across the country. …

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While many 2020 races remain undecided, including the Presidential, many women made herstory this week up and down the ballot. These victories include 87 women elected to statewide executive positions including 15 women of color, and at least 134 women serving in the 117th Congress with at least 43 women of color.

State Legislatures: several women made history at the state level this year including …

  1. Jenifer Rajkumar: a RepresentWomen board member, Rajkumar was elected to represent New York’s 38th district in the New York General Assembly. She is the first Indian American to serve in the Assembly.
  2. Sarah McBride: was elected to the Delaware State Senate, McBride is the first openly transgender person to serve as a State Senator in U.S. history. …

By Fatma Tawfik

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“OECD Arrivals: Victoire Tomegah-Dogbe, Directrice de Cabinet Togo” by OECD / Victor Tonelli is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0'

This past month,Victoire Tomegah Dogbé made history becoming the first woman Prime Minister of Togo. President Faure Gnassingbe appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbé to the position following the resignation of the previous Prime Minister Komi Selom Klassou, who served in this position since 2015; Dogbé is also the first woman to serve as Head of State in any West African country.

Prime Minister Dogbé has had a long and laudable career in the political sphere and has served in many leadership positions. …

Taylor Herrick and Kaycie Goral

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Yesterday, Senator Kamala Harris (CA) was announced as the vice presidential nominee for the Democratic party. Harris joins a group of powerful former women Vice Presidential candidates. VP nominee Kamala Harris is breaking down barriers as the third woman in a major party nominated for the VP position and the first woman of color included on the ticket of a major party. Learn more about Harris and the other women who have run before her.

Kaycie Goral

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In recent years many records have been broken for women’s representation in the U.S. Including three female supreme court justices, a record number of congresswomen elected in 2018, the first female major-party nominee, and a historic number of women and minority candidates running in the 2020 presidential primaries. However, despite these victories, women hold just over 25% of national and state-level elected offices, and estimates suggest the United States is 208 years away from achieving gender equality. So why are we still so far from parity and equality despite years of supposed electoral “victories” for women?

To put it simply: it’s our electoral system.

Thank you to all who participated and joined in the virtual event!

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Last week Civically Re-Engaged Women (CREW) hosted the Seneca Falls Revisited virtual centennial experience celebrating 100 years of the 19th Amendment and the road ahead. The virtual conference featured many women and men leading the conversation of women’s equality, civil rights and affecting change. The celebration of the 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote included speakers, spoken word and amazing visual experiences!

This amazing experience would not have been possible without the leadership of Sharon Nelson, CEO of CREW and a champion for women’s equality who worked tirelessly to organize the virtual experience and bring the event to the public with the online platform this year. …

By Maura Reilly

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Register today, for the Seneca Falls Revisited virtual celebration, hosted by Civically Re-Engaged Women (CREW), if you are passionate about women’s equality. The virtual festival will include women leaders addressing the significance of the many women who have come before us, the work still to be done to achieve equal opportunity for women and the importance of an intersectional feminist movement. There are only 7 days so act NOW!

Although many mark the official start of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, the first woman’s rights convention in the country. …

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The Seneca Falls Revisited virtual conference, hosted by Civically Re-Engaged Women (CREW), will address the significance of the many women who have come before us and the work still to be done to achieve equal opportunity for women. The virtual conference celebrating the 100th Anniversary of women’s right to vote will be held July 23rd-25th. If you are passionate about women’s equality and activism visit Crewomen.com to register for this summer’s virtual conference TODAY!

Learn about some of the speakers for the Seneca Falls Revisited Virtual Conference below.

Audrey Smaltz (Retired CEO and Founder of The Ground Crew): Fashion show manager Audrey Lavinia Smaltz Smaltz joined the Ebony Fashion Fair in 1970 as a commentator and fashion editor. In 1977, Smaltz organized her Ground Crew team, a backstage management group which has staffed many fashion shows including those by Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, Betsey Johnson, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Alice Roi, Michael Kors, Luca Luca, Nanette Lepore, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole and Ralph Rucci. Smaltz has also worked with corporations like Nike, Vogue, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, and J. …

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