Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Queen’s Death Is a Reminder That Systems Matter; Is Liz Truss on the Side of Women?

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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 non-public sector within the U.S. and world wide—with slightly gardening and goodwill combined in for refreshment!


We right here at RepresentWomen hope you all had a stunning Labor Day weekend! It has been fairly the busy summer season for girls’s illustration and our group has been exhausting at work getting ready stories, connecting with girls within the democracy reform motion in the USA and internationally, and getting ready for upcoming occasions. Take a look at our Instagram for a fast recap of what our group was as much as this August!


With Maura Healey Main Polls, Massachusetts Could See its First Elected Lady Governor

By: Steph Scaglia

After obtaining the Democratic nomination for governor, Maura Healey could grow to be the state’s first lady governor and the nation’s first brazenly lesbian governor. Healey will face Geoff Diel within the common election, a Trump-endorsed right-wing former state lawmaker. 

“For girls who’ve been round for awhile, and for younger girls eager to look as much as what’s attainable — I can’t consider that is truly occurring,” Deb Kozikowski, the vice chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Social gathering, mentioned of Ms. Healey. “She’s breaking limitations proper, left and sideways.”

“There are over 20 million brazenly L.G.B.T.Q. adults on this nation as we communicate proper now, and by way of elected officers to the best seats of their states, or on this nation, we nonetheless have work to do, proper, to be represented,” mentioned JoDee Winterhof, senior vice chairman for coverage and political affairs on the Human Rights Marketing campaign, the nation’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. rights group. Referring to each Ms. Kotek and Ms. Healey, she added, “It’s actually an thrilling time that we’d not solely break the file, we’d double the quantity on election evening.”

July polling reveals Healey as favored to win towards Diehl. 

As lawyer common, Maura Healey has spoken out towards laws focusing on LGBTQ folks in different states, challenged federal rollbacks of discrimination protections in well being care, and opposed Trump administration insurance policies that focused transgender folks. She pushed for the popularity of gender-neutral choices on state and federal identification, and led the primary profitable problem to the Protection of Marriage Act, the federal legislation that denied rights to same-sex {couples}…

“These experiences helped inform my drive to do civil rights work [says Healey]. I feel my id as a homosexual individual actually is a part of that,” she mentioned in an interview. “You naturally acknowledge those that aren’t within the majority, those that could also be victimized, who could also be discriminated towards, who could really feel that they don’t have a voice. And I actually deliver a sure sensitivity to that.”

RepresentWomen’s 2022 Gender Parity Index ranks Massachusetts at thirteenth within the nation with a “B” grade. The state has by no means elected a lady to the place of governor, however Jane Maria Swift (R, 2001-2002) briefly held the place after being appointed in 2001.

Different wins for girls within the state embrace Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll acquiring the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor and Andrea Campbell profitable the first for lawyer common. 


Liz Truss Turns into the U.Ok.’s Third Ever Lady Prime Minister

By: Katie Usalis

After a really turbulent six years in U.Ok. politics, Liz Truss has received her celebration’s management contest and beat former chancellor Rishi Sunak within the race to exchange former PM Boris Johnson.

After a sequence of worsening scandals, Johnson’s celebration may not help him, forcing him to resign. On high of this, PM Truss is inheriting a quickly escalating vitality disaster in Britain, with file excessive gasoline and electrical energy prices as a result of battle in Ukraine. The rise in inflation can also be threatening to push the nation into a serious recession. 

Whereas we consider a broadly consultant vary of ladies deserve a seat on the desk, Vicky Spratt of Refinery29 shares that the Brits aren’t so positive if PM Truss is actually on the facet of ladies and low-income younger folks: 

Truss is a fan of tax cuts which might disproportionately assist males in addition to the rich, in accordance with evaluation by the Women’s Budget Group. These similar tax cuts will solely save the poorest households 76p per month, and she or he favours tax reforms for folks, which may – look ahead to it – truly encourage girls to remain at dwelling as an alternative of return to work…

Truss, thus far, has introduced no coverage concepts which counsel that she plans to assist youthful renters, which is a bit like being the captain of the Titanic, seeing an iceberg, and ploughing in the direction of it anyway as a result of evictions are already up by 39% within the final three months…

Ladies are worse hit by the financial disaster that’s unfolding as a result of they typically earn lower than males to start with and usually tend to be main caregivers, Mary-Ann Stephenson of the Ladies’s Finances Group defined over the telephone, talking shortly after Truss’s win was confirmed.

“We all know that ladies are being hit more durable by the price of dwelling disaster, each as a result of they had been poorer going into it with decrease ranges of financial savings and better ranges of debt, which suggests they’ve much less flexibility to cope with rising prices,” she continued.

Truss may be eager to chop taxes however the financial issues we face should not solely about rising prices however the truth that incomes are too low. Ladies are extra doubtless than males to be low earners and Stephenson says that is one thing Truss wants to deal with…

Maybe it’s facile to count on a lady to care greater than a person would possibly about the truth that issues are more durable for girls and folks with youngsters proper now. However, on the very least, you’d hope {that a} lady prime minister wouldn’t oversee a society by which issues actively worsen for them…


The Three Nations The place Ladies Have Held the Highest Government Positions 

By: Alissa Bombardier Shaw

A latest article from History highlighted the three nations with essentially the most feminine management primarily based on the variety of phrases served within the highest places of work. These three are Switzerland, Iceland and Finland. 

Truss would be the third lady to carry the title of Prime Minister of Nice Britain, however feminine management in world energy remains to be a comparatively fashionable phenomenon. To this point, there have solely been 63 nations since 1960 the place a lady has held the best place of govt energy.

The yr with the best variety of feminine world leaders was 2020. That yr noticed 18 nations out of 195 led by a lady, representing simply 9% of nations worldwide. [Switzerland, Iceland, and Finland] are the three most female-led nations on this planet.

It’s necessary to notice that the variety of girls to have held the best place of energy of their nations doesn’t relate to the person girls themselves, however the variety of phrases that they’ve been elected to the place.

What do these three nations all have in frequent? Trying on the chart above which tracks girls’s illustration within the OECD, courtesy of RepresentWomen, these three nations all use proportional voting programs. Each nation within the high 14 makes use of proportional or combined voting programs and the overwhelming majority of those have some kind of gender quotas in place. 

These are the sorts of system reforms the USA should implement if we ever hope to advance above twenty sixth place on the OECD rankings.


Trying Forward to RCV on Nevada Poll

By: Alissa Bombardier Shaw

In November, Nevada voters could have the chance to vote on implementing ranked-choice voting throughout the state as their new electoral system. Whereas the proposed change will probably be just like Alaska’s use of RCV, Nevada’s will probably be barely totally different:

In Alaska’s top-four open main, the closed main is changed with an open main. In a closed main, solely voters who’re registered or affiliated with a selected celebration can take part in that celebration’s main. In an open main, any voter could take part and vote for any candidate no matter their partisan affiliation… The voter selects their most well-liked main candidate, with the highest 4 vote-getters transferring on to the overall election…

In the meantime, in Nevada, a poll initiative is proposing a top-five ranked-choice voting system for the state. This technique is just like Alaska’s top-four system, however would permit 5 candidates to advance from the first to the overall election.

Each Nevada’s top-five main and ranked-choice voting common would apply to congressional, gubernatorial, state govt official, and state legislative elections, however not presidential elections.

This can be a new number of the standard RCV system, so we don’t but know the way it will impression girls’s illustration. That is positively a key state to maintain your eye on come November.


Queen Elizabeth II Dies at Age 96

By: Alissa Bombardier Shaw

After ruling for 70 years, the longest any monarch has ever served in British historical past, Queen Elizabeth II has handed away. Being the top of state for 32 nations, her loss will undoubtedly be felt. This second is a reminder that guidelines and programs matter for growing girls’s illustration. Within the smart phrases of Savanna Richie:

You could be pondering of monarchy as an old style, outdated establishment, and in some ways it’s. However there’s a technique by which it strides forward of democracy, and that’s the variety of girls who’ve, as queens and empresses, led their nations. In these monarchies, all through historical past and all around the world, there are numerous examples of ladies’s political capabilities.

Consider the UK, whose royal household might be finest identified on this nation. Its queens are among the many most long-lived and most memorable of its monarchs. There was Elizabeth I, who inherited a poor, divided nation, and over a 45-year reign steered it to prosperity and a cultural golden age. It’s due to her patronage that we’ve got Shakespeare. Later got here Queen Victoria, who, on account of her lengthy reign and robust persona, lent her identify to an period. And Elizabeth II, now the UK’s longest-reigning monarch, has been a steady presence guiding her nation by way of a tumultuous twentieth century and into the twenty first…

That’s not to say these girls had been excellent, or that they by no means did something incorrect. They had been actually not excellent, however then neither had been the kings and emperors. For these royal girls, it didn’t matter in the event that they had been personally likable. They may very well be, however in different instances they may very well be as tyrannical as their male counterparts. What mattered was their potential to control. And we should give American girls that very same probability.


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