Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Unwavering Composure: Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation


Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of tales about girls’s illustration in politics, on boards, in sports activities and leisure, in judicial places of work and within the personal sector within the U.S. and around the globe—with a bit of gardening and goodwill blended in for refreshment!


Decide Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a “mannequin of composure” within the face of “egregious conduct of some on the Republican facet” in accordance with The Washington Post editorial board. 

Washington Publish columnist Jennifer Rubin didn’t mince phrases in her column on the proceedings and the efforts by some to undermine the nomination of Decide Jackson:

It was then Jackson’s flip. She thanked God, her glowing household, her buddies and her nation. She invoked Justice Stephen G. Breyer, for whom she clerked, a not-too-subtle reminder that if the Senate discovered him acceptable, there ought to be no purpose to oppose her. She gave a nod to Constance Baker Motley, the primary African American girl appointed to the federal judiciary. And Jackson reaffirmed her “cautious adherence to precedent,” acknowledging her tendency to write down lengthy opinions so folks know precisely her causes for deciding a case. (If solely the Supreme Court docket’s right-wing justices felt equally and stopped abusing the “shadow docket” and issuing orders with out written opinions.)

Jackson supplied a succinct description of her personal view of what it means to be a decide: “I’ve been a decide for practically a decade now, and I take that accountability and my obligation to be impartial very critically,” she mentioned. “I resolve instances from a impartial posture. I consider the info, and I interpret and apply the regulation to the info of the case earlier than me.”

She is so manifestly certified, so completely embodies the American dream and is so blessed with superior judicial temperament that it’s apparent why Republicans are struggling. They only can’t appear to discover a approach to knock down a super-qualified, charming, humble and good Black girl. It appears it doesn’t happen to them that they need to cease searching for the limelight (to additional their presidential ambitions), ask quick and affordable questions after which vote to substantiate on her {qualifications}. And that tells you all the pieces you could know in regards to the decline of each the Senate and the Supreme Court docket.


A’Shanti Gholar, president of Emerge, wrote an excellent essay in Cosmopolitan in regards to the “exhaustion of being the primary Black girls” to fill a place or workplace:

Black girls vying for public workplace must also anticipate to see conservative leaders perpetuating racism beneath the guise of {qualifications} and electability. Earlier than Brown was even introduced because the nominee, President Biden vowed that he would nominate a Black girl, which prompted backlash from Republicans like Senator Ted Cruz. He known as the choice insulting, suggesting the president ought to nominate probably the most certified candidate as a substitute—insinuating that Black girls are inherently unqualified. Fox Information anchor Tucker Carlson additionally hopped on the racist bandwagon, questioning whether or not Jackson was one of many “high authorized minds in the whole nation.”

As if a Harvard Legislation diploma and greater than eight years of expertise on the federal bench is just not sufficient, Carlson, who doesn’t have any skilled or academic background in regulation, demanded that we see Brown’s LSAT rating. Carlson’s and Cruz’s ridiculous claims show that {qualifications} aren’t the actual challenge at hand. Slightly, they concern {that a} gender and racial shift in authorities would possibly kill the previous boys membership that has existed in politics for hundreds of years and perpetuated a system that advantages white males probably the most.

I do know firsthand how Black girls in authorities battle to seek out mentorship and steering on these distinctive challenges, and but, they proceed to blaze trails and break down obstacles regardless of them. Give it some thought: Lately, across the nation and all through varied ranges of presidency, Black girls have made high-profile historical past.

Within the 2020 presidential election, Kamala Harris was elected because the first-ever Black, South Asian, and girl vp. Final 12 months, Kristen Clarke grew to become the primary Black girl to move the Division of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Sändra Washington grew to become the primary Black lesbian on Lincoln, Nebraska’s metropolis council in 2021.

These girls are giving approach to a brand new era of Black girls leaders in politics and I’m thrilled to see the lived experiences of my neighborhood mirrored within the members of our nation’s governing physique. And though I’ll proceed to have a good time Black girls breaking the ever-present glass ceiling, I look ahead to the day once we don’t must have a good time their historic firsts.

The characteristic photograph for “Click on! The Housewife’s Second of Fact,” as seen within the first challenge of Ms. in December 1971. (Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Images)

Alexandra Kirienko wrote a fascinating blog for the London College of Economics in regards to the impression of switching from dialogue of gender discrimination to gender privilege:

When speaking about problems with gender inside organisations, we normally give attention to gender discrimination – the missed alternatives are on the centre of what’s being mentioned. Allow us to flip the dialog this time and give attention to gender privilege as a substitute. Contemplating gender privilege permits a recent angle and outlook to gender variations within the office. The rationale gender privilege is changing into a locus of consideration is as a result of it’s about extra benefits which might be gained, not alternatives missed. Elevated understanding of the problem can pave the way in which in the direction of levelling the enjoying subject amongst genders.

One measurable manner of gender privilege is analyzing the pay hole. The variations in remuneration by gender have been studied for a number of a long time (Blau & Kahn, 1999; Manning & Saidi, 2010; Bishu & Alkadry, 2017) and proof helps that males stay privileged by way of whole compensation at work. The most recent knowledge for the European Union for 2018 signifies that males within the EU earned roughly 16% extra per hour than girls (European Fee, 2021); this pattern has remained largely unchanged during the last decade. For the US, the Pew Analysis Middle (2021) estimated that male employees earned on common 19% extra of what feminine employees earned in 2020.

The following space to contemplate is the way in which gender privilege manifests itself throughout C-suite and board stage administration. Within the US males are advantaged in holding senior appointments: 79% of C-suite executives in company America are male (McKinsey, 2020). Throughout the FTSE 100 corporations within the UK, there are 94 males as in comparison with solely six feminine chief government officers (Cotton, 2021). Most of the steps which might be at the moment being taken to enhance gender variety at corporations are sadly discovered to be extremely ineffective. The IBM Institute for Enterprise Worth report seems at longitudinal knowledge of 429 corporations who participated of their survey each in 2019 and 2021, analyzing ranks throughout 10 industries and 9 geographic areas (2021). The report finds that advancing girls is just not a high precedence for almost all of worldwide organisations, and that almost all equality packages don’t essentially result in higher outcomes. One purpose behind the ineffectiveness of such packages is as a result of interventions don’t sufficiently handle mindset change (IBM Institute for Enterprise Worth, 2021).

A professional-EU rally in Kiev on Nov. 26, 2013. (Ivan Bandura / Flickr)

RepresentWomen’s analysis affiliate Alisha Saxena and digital supervisor Kaycie Goral had a well timed piece in Ms. about girls’s illustration in post-Soviet states:

The battle in Ukraine demonstrates that misogyny and authoritarianism stroll hand in hand. Although we can’t declare all post-Soviet states are flourishing democracies, and we completely can’t declare that gender is central to the battle in Ukraine as we speak—we will assert that the battle in opposition to autocracy and the institution of a free and honest nation depends on bringing everybody to the desk. Ladies included.

New analysis from thinktank RepresentWomen reveals that intentional methods within the area have bolstered illustration in lots of post-soviet states. Useful strategies which are sometimes missed or outright rejected in U.S. Politics. 

As a part of their worldwide analysis sequence, RepresentWomen’s transient on this area reveals gender quotas or one thing comparable could be an fascinating lever for rising girls’s illustration and total equity in authorities.

Whereas discussions of quotas are unpopular within the U.S., within the post-Soviet area three out of 5 high international locations for ladies’s illustration use quotas and 4 of the underside 5 international locations don’t. This analysis additionally discovered girls’s illustration within the government department was increased in international locations with a earlier or present feminine head of state.

The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Science makes use of ranked-choice voting (RCV) to make sure probably the most celebrated film of the 12 months is one with robust assist amongst Academy members. (Dora Hon / Flickr)

RepresentWomen’s Strategic Partnerships Supervisor Katie Usalis had a terrific piece in The Wrap about using ranked-choice voting by The Academy of Movement Footage, Arts & Sciences:

Apparently sufficient, after the primary use of ranked alternative voting, girls made up 61% of the Academy’s Board of Governors and the illustration of racial minorities elevated from 24% to 29%. There’s nonetheless a protracted approach to go for folks of shade, however it’s good to see motion in the precise course. And that every one occurred within the very first use of the brand new system. It’s clear that voters need extra variety and honest illustration of their management. The Academy makes use of RCV as a result of it’s frequent sense: It’s honest, and produces outcomes that replicate precise preferences…

This expertise with the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences is an ideal diorama of what can work in our U.S. political elections. In actual fact, this technique is already working throughout the nation. RepresentWomen’s RCV Dashboard reveals us that 43 jurisdictions nationwide have deserted the outdated winner-take-all system and upgraded to ranked alternative voting. It additionally reveals us that when voters’ energy is strengthened, they vote for candidates who’re girls and other people of shade…

As seen within the Oscars, in New York and in lots of different elections around the globe, when an electoral system empowers voters to decide on their actual preferences (quite than the lesser of two evils) with out concern of losing their vote, girls win.

And this isn’t nearly equity. Illustration issues as a result of variety and gender stability in policy-making positions improves coverage processes and coverage outcomes. As Stefani Brown James of The Collective PAC mentioned, “For us to have a democracy that works for the folks, it ought to be made up of the folks. And most significantly, to vary the legal guidelines in order that they higher replicate the wants of our communities, we have to change the lawmakers.” 

And to vary the lawmakers, we have to change the programs we use to elect them.

Steve Pond from The Wrap teamed up with FairVote to explain how the Oscar winner for Finest Image might be determined utilizing ranked-choice voting in this piece—you’ll be able to be part of within the enjoyable by rating your vote for Best Picture and for Best Actress.

Final week, on the day that Oscar voting started, TheWrap joined with FairVote to host a ballot of the final 10 years of Oscar Finest Image winners. The ballot was designed each to indicate which of the previous decade’s winners is the favourite, and as an instance how the Oscars’ ranked-choice (or preferential) system of vote counting works within the Finest Image class.

And now, as Oscar voting is closing, listed below are the outcomes. The reply to which movie is the favourite is easy: “Parasite.”

Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean movie that received the Oscar in 2020, is by far the favourite of the 270 individuals who participated within the ballot. Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” completed second, adopted by, on this order, “Highlight,” “The Form of Water,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Argo,” “Nomadland,” “Birdman,” “The Artist” and, in final place, “Inexperienced E-book.“

Whereas Natalie Daniels of Hollywood.comwrites about beneficial properties for ladies within the leisure trade within the final 12 months:

March marks the start of the month-long celebration of Ladies’s Historical past Month 2022, a time to have a good time the contributions girls have made in America. This 12 months’s theme, “Offering Therapeutic, Offering Hope,” provides tribute to caregivers and frontline employees through the pandemic in addition to honors how girls have supplied hope and therapeutic.

At Hollywood.com, we commemorate the strides which were made to realize gender equality throughout the leisure trade, however there’s much more work to be accomplished for ladies’s rights in Hollywood.

Celebrating girls leaders throughout Ladies’s Historical past Month—and each month!

As Ladies’s Historical past Month involves a detailed, I’m mulling the work forward to advance illustration and management in politics for all girls in the US. Whereas I’m deeply involved in regards to the assaults on Decide Jackson throughout her affirmation listening to, I’m additionally excited by the alternatives to construct robust partnerships that foster progressive and transformative methods that yield a really reflective democracy.

RepresentWomen is internet hosting “Ranked Choice Voting in NYC: Lessons Learned and Next Steps,” a digital dialogue about how we will use the teachings of RCV in New York Metropolis in different components of the nation on March 30 at 7 p.m. ET. I hope you’ll be able to be part of us—register here

It took me fairly a very long time to develop a voice and now that I’ve it, I’m not going to be silent.

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright died this week on the age of 84, here’s a snippet from her obituary in The New York Occasions:

Her efficiency as secretary of state received excessive marks from profession diplomats overseas and odd Individuals at residence. Admirers mentioned she had a star high quality, radiating practicality, versatility and a refreshingly cosmopolitan aptitude. She spoke Czech, Polish, French and Russian.

In contrast to her speedy predecessor, Warren Christopher, a reserved overseas coverage wonk who noticed his position as Mr. Clinton’s diplomatic lawyer, Ms. Albright was an aggressive advocate of Clinton insurance policies. Acutely aware of tv cameras however remarkably pure in public, she strolled by crowded capitals (with discreet safety guards) like a vacationer with free time on her arms.

She was a diminutive presence with an assured model: impeccably tailor-made and completely coifed, with touches of gold or pearl in her brooches, an amused smile for the cognoscenti and eyes that missed nothing. In conferences with overseas diplomats, colleagues mentioned, she was agency however versatile, ready to maneuver past her speaking factors and to interact her counterparts in frank oval-table bargaining.

“So usually in diplomacy, it’s all set items,” an aide informed The New York Occasions. “You say this and I say that and the assembly ends and nothing occurs. However she engages. And in distinction to just about all her predecessors, she doesn’t disguise coverage variations, however brings them out, and speaks very straight of them, saying issues like ‘Right here’s what we agree on, right here’s what we don’t. Let me let you know what the actual drawback is.’”

That’s all for this week my buddies,

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