Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Brittney Griner’s Detention Matters for All Women; Is Serena Williams Retiring on Her Own Terms?

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Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation is a compilation of tales about ladies’s illustration in politics, on boards, in sports activities and leisure, in judicial places of work and within the non-public sector within the U.S. and all over the world—with slightly gardening and goodwill combined in for refreshment!


Blissful Friday! This version is being delivered to you by the RepresentWomen group, reporting on the most recent in ladies’s illustration, whereas founder and government director of RepresentWomen Cynthia Richie Terrell catches up on her summer time studying on the seashore within the Yucatan.

Serena Williams’ Farewell Exhibits Shortcomings In Ladies’s Illustration

By: Nicole M. Bailey

As we search gender stability in political illustration we should additionally name for gender stability within the C-suite, fields, courts and boardrooms of our lives.

Serena Williams’ current retirement announcement reverberated all through the sports activities world and past. Inarguably one of many biggest athletes of all time, Serena has achieved what many can solely dream of making an attempt—but at a time when she needs to be making ready for a lot of extra years because the chief of her subject, she is retiring. Is it on her phrases, or on the phrases our society has offered ladies?

From executives to politicians to athletes, in the case of the duty and labor of household and household planning, the burden usually falls on child-bearing our bodies. As we search gender stability in political illustration we should additionally name for gender stability within the C-suite, fields, courts and boardrooms of our lives. A very consultant society earnestly addresses the boundaries confronted by marginalized teams so that everybody has an opportunity to succeed, on their very own phrases.

“If I have been a man, I wouldn’t be penning this as a result of I’d be on the market enjoying and profitable whereas my spouse was doing the bodily labor of increasing our household. Perhaps I’d be extra of a Tom Brady if I had that chance. Don’t get me improper: I really like being a girl, and I beloved each second of being pregnant with Olympia. I used to be a type of annoying ladies who adored being pregnant and was working till the day I needed to report back to the hospital—though issues obtained tremendous sophisticated on the opposite aspect. And I virtually did do the unattainable: Lots of people don’t notice that I used to be two months pregnant once I received the Australian Open in 2017. However I’m turning 41 this month, and one thing’s obtained to provide.

I’ve been reluctant to confess that I’ve to maneuver on from enjoying tennis. It’s like a taboo matter. It comes up, and I begin to cry. I believe the one particular person I’ve actually gone there with is my therapist.

I’ve by no means favored the phrase retirement. It doesn’t really feel like a contemporary phrase to me. I’ve been pondering of this as a transition, however I need to be delicate about how I exploit that phrase, which suggests one thing very particular and necessary to a group of individuals. Perhaps the most effective phrase to explain what I’m as much as is evolution. I’m right here to let you know that I’m evolving away from tennis, towards different issues which might be necessary to me. Just a few years in the past I quietly began Serena Ventures, a enterprise capital agency. Quickly after that, I began a household. I need to develop that household.”


Kenya Hits Historic Variety of Ladies Governors

By: Steph Scaglia

On Tuesday, August 9, Kenya elected a historic number of female governors to workplace. Within the earlier authorities there have been solely three ladies that held workplace, however this 12 months there are not less than seven of the 47 complete governors (15 %). 

Ladies have made advances not simply in governorships, however have received 26 parliamentary seats and three Senate seats. This will appear small given near half of registered Kenyan voters are ladies, however Kenya’s authorities has by no means held many ladies.

In 2010 a constitutional provision often called the “two-thirds gender principle” was enacted with a purpose to enhance ladies’s illustration in authorities, however the quotas have by no means been met.

Moreover, many ladies candidates faced physical harassment and abuse and have been humiliated in public whereas on the marketing campaign path. Though it’s unclear who orchestrates these assaults, many suspect political opponents. Practically half of all women in Kenya expertise gender-based violence.

Kenya lags behind lots of its neighbors in East Africa when it comes to reaching gender parity, however these advances present that girls are pushing ahead and making enhancements. Over 2000 ladies ran for workplace out of over 16000 complete candidates (13 %), and Kenyan political analysts have stated the general public seems ready to accept extra various political leaders. 

Not everybody appreciates any such evaluation, although. Politician and deputy presidential candidate Martha Karua, argues:

“That query suggests that girls ought to not be on the poll, as a result of I’ve by no means had anyone query whether or not Kenyans are prepared for one more male. In order that query is in itself discriminatory.”

Having ladies in authorities is key to achieving financial and political stability. Gender quotas are one technique of accelerating illustration, however implementation issues and so do societal norms. In accordance with the IPU, Kenya ranked 102nd in 2022 with reference to ladies’s illustration. However, Kenya’s path in the direction of parity reveals progress, and that girls is not going to hand over, regardless of the boundaries they face.


The seventy fifth Anniversary of Indian Independence

By: Alissa Bombardier Shaw

On Aug. 15, 1947, India and Pakistan achieved independence via the Indian Independence Invoice, a regulation that eliminated these nations from the previous Mogul Empire and thereby ended 200 years of British rule in these areas.

Since then, India has established itself as the biggest democracy and sixth largest financial system in the world. The nation has made necessary strides for girls, however nonetheless has an extended method to go in quite a few areas, notably for girls’s illustration.

“The International Gender Report 2022, which incorporates the Gender Hole Index, says it can now take 132 years to succeed in gender parity. India ranks 135 amongst a complete of 146 nations within the International Gender Hole Index 2022. 

The index benchmarks gender parity throughout 4 key dimensions or subindices financial akin to participation and alternative, instructional attainment, well being and survival, and political empowerment…

If the nation intends to soar above the remainder of the world, it has to interrupt ladies free from the socio-cultural constraints that maintain them again. And gender equality when it comes to equal alternatives, monetary independence, equal entry to training, and job is the best way ahead for reaching this. India might want to have a focused method to lure extra ladies into the labour drive.”


The Heartbreaking Detention of Brittney Griner and Why It Issues For All Ladies

By: Nicole M. Bailey 

Brittney Griner (proper) with Courtney Vandersloot. Griner has been detained in Russia for the reason that center of February. (Stacy Revere / Getty Pictures)

As our nation faces a looming recession many people have turned to second jobs, the gig financial system, and different aspect jobs to maintain tempo with inflation and the lasting results of the pandemic. Are you able to think about needing a second job when you have been an expert athlete? That is the case for a lot of WNBA gamers, together with Griner, who’s an American skilled basketball participant for the Phoenix Mercury. Griner chooses to play abroad throughout the offseason with a purpose to complement her WNBA wage. In 2020, Griner signed a three-year, $664,544 contract extension with Phoenix, making $221,450 throughout the 2021-2022 season and is on the books for $227,900 for the 2022-2023 season. 

Brittney Griner’s profession within the WNBA is noteworthy. She was drafted because the No. 1 total decide by the Phoenix Mercury in 2013. At 6-foot-9, she’s one of many tallest ladies to ever play the game and has repeatedly confirmed herself to be a dominant powerhouse for the reason that starting of her profession. Despite this, her WNBA wage pales compared to her earnings in Russia. Griner, who has performed in Russia for the previous seven seasons, earns over $1 million per season whereas enjoying for UMKC Ekaterinburg. 

To completely perceive the scope of the problem, please think about NBA participant Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Gobert and Griner have been of their respective leagues for about the identical size of time, they’re each dominant facilities, and so they each have a number of all-star appearances (Gobert has three whereas Griner has seven). Nonetheless, Gobert’s base wage for the 2021-22 NBA season was $35,344,828. That’s $431,034 per regular-season recreation. Griner’s wage for the 2021-22 season was $221,450 as one of many WNBA’s highest-paid gamers. Rudy Gobert makes more cash in a single recreation than Brittney Griner makes in a whole 12 months as a WNBA famous person, who makes over $1 million enjoying in Russia.

Lengthy earlier than the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963 aimed to abolish wage disparity based mostly on intercourse ladies have been preventing for equal pay, for equal work. In 2022, ladies earned 82 cents for each $1 males earned when evaluating all ladies to all males, in line with compensation information and software program agency Payscale’s 2022 State of the Gender Pay Hole Report, launched March 15. Many Black, indigenous and different ladies of coloration earned lower than white males, each when uncontrolled median earnings total and when evaluating managed earnings of girls of coloration in related positions as white men and women, Payscale reported. 

If ladies have been paid equitably for his or her work, what decisions may we make and what freedoms have we misplaced because of inequities in pay?

Griner has spent the final six months in Russian custody and was sentenced to nine years in prison final week. She is going to serve out her sentence in a Russian penal colony. 

 “The WNBA star and her attorneys had requested for leniency after officers at a Russian airport allegedly discovered lower than a gram of hash oil in her baggage in February, however a Russian courtroom sentenced Griner to 9 years, slightly below the maximum-possible sentence of 10. 

Throughout Russia, there are 35 ladies’s penal colonies that home an estimated 60,000 inmates, Ivan Melnikov, the vice chairman of the Russian Division of the Worldwide Human Rights Protection Committee, and Yekaterina Kalugina, a Russian human rights activist who noticed Griner and her dwelling situations in March, inform PEOPLE. 

Contained in the colony… Griner should work eight hours a day. For many prisoners, this implies stitching, cleansing, cooking and serving meals, however, due to her profession as a WNBA participant, Griner can see about teaching ladies’s basketball. There’s a precedent for such an association — Russian soccer gamers Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev coached inmates whereas they served time in one of many colonies.”


Major Wins for Various, Younger, Ladies Politicians

By: Steph Scaglia

In Minnesota, ladies of coloration are well-positioned to take energy after their primaries final week. 

“The Minnesota Senate is probably going so as to add two senators of Hmong ancestry, two Black ladies and a Muslim girl, all DFLers, based mostly on their main wins. Possible new lawmakers additionally embody a number of younger Republicans and a DFLer anticipated to be the primary transgender particular person to win a seat within the Legislature.

Collectively, the outcomes from the Aug. 9 ballots sign a number of the largest shifts seen in a single Minnesota election cycle as communities of coloration reshape the state’s political and social panorama.

“Minnesota is being very clear proper now that we’re prepared for younger folks and other people of coloration to steer the state,” stated Zaynab Mohamed, 25, who received her main in Senate District 63, a reliably DFL district within the Twin Cities space. 

“I shall be one of many first Black ladies, the youngest girl, the primary Muslim girl, the primary girl sporting a hijab” within the Senate, she stated. “It’s heavy, however it all ought to have occurred a very long time in the past.”

Ladies candidates of coloration have additionally been wanting to one another for assist, and have coined their small group a “sisterhood”. They recognize the frequent boundaries they face, but in addition acknowledge their variations and embrace this. The candidates have emphasised the significance of seeing candidates that look like them, and that this has impressed them to run. 

FairVote MN has lengthy been a powerful supporter of accelerating illustration in Minnesota and has supported many ladies candidates. Candidates who assist ranked alternative voting statewide will be discovered here


Will the Report Quantity for Concurrent Ladies Governors Lastly be Damaged in 2022?

By: Courtney Lamendola

Of the two,573 folks to have served as governor, simply 45 (2%) have been ladies. The U.S. has by no means had greater than 9 ladies governors serve concurrently; in line with the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), this document was first achieved in 2004, after which once more in 2007, 2019, 2021, and 2022. With 36 states holding gubernatorial elections this 12 months, together with all 9 states with ladies governors, this document might lastly be damaged. 

Of the 9 states with ladies governors, incumbent ladies are working for re-election in all however one state, Oregon (Governor Kate Brown). If the remaining eight women hold their seats, not less than two extra ladies would want to win their races to interrupt the present document. If, then again, any of the incumbent ladies lose their reelection bids, as might occur in Kansas, extra ladies might want to win in different states to interrupt this document. Frontrunner ladies candidates within the Arkansas and Massachusetts open seat races this fall assist to rebalance the percentages in favor of sustaining the present variety of ladies governors; additional positive factors enhance the percentages that this document shall be damaged.

As of this month, a document variety of ladies have been nominated by their events to run within the generals this fall. For the primary time in historical past, not less than five states will have women vs. women matchups in gubernatorial elections, together with Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, and Oregon; 4 of the 5 at present have ladies governors; Arizona is the primary and solely certain achieve for girls in 2022. Relying on the result of the September thirteenth primaries, Rhode Island might develop into the second.Within the information this week, a new poll from Roger Williams College/WPRI 12 discovered that many Democratic main voters stay undecided of their alternative for governor:

 “R.I. Gov. Daniel J. McKee is main amongst Democratic main voters with 28 % of the vote, with R.I. Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea shut behind with 25 %. Nonetheless, 21 % of these polled stay undecided for the Democratic candidate for Governor. 

Of the opposite candidates, former CVS government Helena Foulkes obtained 14 %, former secretary of state Matt Brown obtained 8 %, and Luis Daniel Muñoz, a member of the state Fairness Council, obtained 1 % of the vote.”

Ladies have a aggressive probability of profitable the Democratic Get together’s nomination within the Rhode Island Major; if both Nellie Gorbea or Helena Foulkes pulls forward on the day of the first, we’ll likely gain one other girl governor. At current, Democrats have nominated 15 ladies; ought to ladies win the Florida and Rhode Island primaries, they’ll have full parity of their nominees this cycle. 

In the meantime, Ashley Kalus, who has budgeted over $2.5 million for her personal marketing campaign, is likely to defeat her opponent, Jonathan Riccitelli, within the Republican main. Up to now, Republicans have nominated 8 ladies throughout all gubernatorial primaries. Most are in a powerful place to win the overall. Between the Democratic and Republican nominees, the U.S. will probably break its document for concurrent ladies governors this cycle.


Carolyn Maloney Elevates the Significance of Ladies in Congress

By: Steph Scaglia

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has been a member of the U.S. Home of Representatives for practically three many years, and was a New York Metropolis Council member previous to becoming a member of the Home. She is likely one of the most influential women in Congress, however new district traces have uncovered her to a main towards Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.). New York Metropolis has not had such an intensive main since 1972, when two widespread liberals fought for a West Aspect seat. 

For the Maloney marketing campaign,  

“The race has more and more centered on ladies — each their electoral potential to sway the result and the significance of defending considered one of their very own at a second when the Supreme Courtroom and Republican-led states are rolling again reproductive rights secured half a century in the past.

The congresswoman […] is spending a large chunk of it on a tv advert reinforcing the message: “You can not ship a person to do a girl’s job,” she tells New Yorkers. “He possibly can communicate higher than me,” Ms. Maloney stated in an interview after the occasion, referring to Mr. Nadler. “Males usually tend to be trusted. However I’m a fighter. Ladies combat for girls.”

When it comes to endorsements, the New York Instances endorsed three white men in New York’s Democratic main races. These are additionally the one white males of their respective races. Certainly one of these endorsements is for Rep. Nadler. 

The U.S. has lagged behind many countries in the case of ladies’s illustration in elected workplace. Adopting systems changes akin to gender quotas, implementing techniques of proportional illustration, or passing the Fair Representation Act are all viable options. 


The Rise of Ranked-Selection Voting as a Higher Voting System Different

By: Alissa Bombardier Shaw

With a number of primaries going down over the previous few weeks, GOP candidates who voted to question Donald Trump are seeing the consequences of their actions now, with solely two candidates of the ten that voted to question advancing via their main races to the overall election. In consequence, different voting techniques like ranked alternative voting, a key reform RepresentWomen advocates for, are drawing extra consideration and enchantment:

“At a time of rising political polarization and rising frustration with the two-party system, Trump’s impeachment revenge tour has put these different voting techniques within the nationwide highlight.

It’s clear that voters are fed up and prepared for critical change. This July, a New York Instances/Siena Faculty ballot discovered that 58 % of voters consider our democracy wants “main reforms” or “a whole overhaul.” New methods of voting for our elected representatives promise a extra correct illustration of the desire of the folks — or on the very least a preventing probability for politicians who don’t gravitate towards extremes.

“Candidates who do effectively in ranked alternative elections are typically those that join with the widest group of voters doable,” stated Deb Otis, the director of analysis at FairVote, an advocacy group targeted on electoral reform. “Our present elections usually enchantment to just one area of interest base of voters.” ”

With ranked alternative voting getting used within the Alaska primaries this week, it’s necessary to notice that delays in election results are not because of RCV, however somewhat Alaskan regulation that gives ample time for abroad army votes to be counted. 


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