Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: ‘We Are Meeting Because We Are Prime Ministers,’ Jacinda Ardern Tells Reporter; Ukrainian Women Are Vital in Fight Against Russia

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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 a bit of gardening and goodwill combined in for refreshment!


I’m simply again from a fast journey to NYC the place RepresentWomen staffer Steph Scaglia and I attended the Relaunch Soiree for New Majority NYC. The unimaginable occasion was hosted by New Majority govt director Jessica Haller, and her terrific group, and was attended by virtually each lady elected official in NYC one may dream of assembly! We had the possibility to talk about ranked-choice voting and girls’s illustration with Ruth Messinger (former council member and Manhattan borough president), Tish James (New York legal professional normal), Shahana Hanif (the first Muslim woman elected to the NYC Council), and plenty of different very spectacular younger girls leaders.

Jessica Haller, Ruth Messinger and Cynthia Richie Terrell.

As chances are you’ll keep in mind, the RepresentWomen group labored carefully with Jessica Haller to grasp the important thing substances that led to the first-ever majority-women metropolis council in New York. By each quantitative and qualitative analysis we found that the formulation for achievement included each the recruitment & coaching of ladies candidates and having insurance policies in place like time period limits, public financing, and ranked selection voting that created extra alternatives for girls to run and win. See extra on this beneath. 


Quote of the Week: ‘We Are Assembly As a result of We Are Prime Ministers’

Prime ministers from New Zealand and Finland (who’re each girls) held a joint press convention this week and have been requested in the event that they have been assembly as a result of they have been the identical age. Women’s Agenda editor in chief Tarla Lambert writes about Jacinda Ardern’s snappy reply to the inane query:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made a male reporter shrink right into a ball of disgrace after he queried her assembly with Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin this week, asking whether or not the 2 have been united as a result of they’re “comparable in age”.

Ardern’s face shortly furrowed into a glance of incredulity because the reporter ploughed additional into his gap of no return, stuttering in regards to the two leaders’ “widespread stuff”.

“My first query is, I ponder whether or not anybody ever requested Barack Obama and John Key in the event that they met as a result of they have been of comparable age”, Ardern stated.

“We, in fact, have the next proportion of males in politics—it’s actuality—as a result of two girls meet, it isn’t merely due to their gender,” Ardern stated.

“We’re assembly as a result of we’re prime ministers,” Marin added.


Ukrainian Girls Proceed to Be Very important to the Nation’s Resistance to Russia

All through the Russian invasion of Ukraine, girls have constantly redefined their position in society, defying paternalistic cultural norms and stereotypes. Girls didn’t have equal army standing in Ukraine till 2018, and weren’t permitted to carry sure jobs.

Now, a new school is training women to fly drones—a key element to Ukraine’s resistance in opposition to Russian forces.

Girls are motivated, and wish to combat.

Ukraine has many girls within the army however they hardly ever work as drone pilots, in line with the varsity’s directors.

The varsity, which began in Kyiv in August and is privately run, goals to alter that.

“All of us notice that this can be a conflict of the twenty first century,” Tatyana Kuznetsova, one of many college’s first enrollees, tells NPR throughout a category in Kyiv’s big Pyrohiv Park.

Faculty founder Valeriy Borovyk says college students can take their new expertise into the Ukrainian army, if they need. “I used to be very stunned that 80% of our college students wish to go to [the front line],” he says. 

Ukrainian girls have truly been serving in fight virtually a century longer than American women. There have been feminine Ukrainian officers in World Struggle I, within the Austro-Hungarian military, and in World Struggle II, within the Crimson Military.

RepresentWomen’s 2021 Post-Soviet Brief explores Ukrainian girls’s illustration in authorities, in addition to how girls have traditionally been restricted within the army and in authorities by gender norms. 


Ranked-Alternative Voting Rising in Reputation 

This 12 months’s midterm elections has made no less than one factor abundantly clear: Ranked-choice voting is on the rise throughout the nation. At a time the place polarization is excessive and persons are changing into more and more annoyed with our political system, RCV has confirmed to be a preferred answer. Our terrific colleague David Daley highlights simply how successful RCV was this election:

In 2016, solely 10 cities used RCV. Now that quantity is nicely over 50, starting from small cities in Utah and liberal cities like San Francisco and Minneapolis. In 2020, a number of states used RCV to pick presidential candidates in primaries, and lately Virginia Republicans have used RCV to pick their nominees for governor and candidates for the U.S. Home. In recent times, Maine and Alaska adopted RCV, and final week, Nevada took a step towards becoming a member of them after voters handed a constitutional modification instituting RCV in key state and nationwide elections (a second vote in 2024 can be wanted to seal the win). 

Seattle and Portland, Oregon, have been among the many seven new cities and native counties that adopted RCV on Election Day this 12 months whereas Arlington, Virginia voted to undertake it by statute. Greater than 15 million folks now stay in cities, counties and states that commonly use ranked selection elections. One constant theme: youthful folks throughout the political spectrum are most prepared for RCV…

Final summer time, RCV helped produce probably the most numerous metropolis council in New York’s historical past: for the primary time ever, a majority (31) of the physique’s 51 members have been girls. The council, lengthy a province of old-guard political elites, is now powered by new voices.

Rad extra about this unimaginable milestone for girls in NYC in our Why Women Won in 2021 Report!


First Feminine Referee for Males’s World Cup Sport

On Thursday, the Germany v. Costa Rica World Cup match won’t solely have its first feminine referee, but additionally the first entirely female officiating team for the men’s World Cup. Girls’s illustration and management matter in each facet of life and sports activities, the place girls have been traditionally excluded, aren’t any exception. 

Frappart, who would be the first lady to referee a males’s World Cup match, can be joined by the assistant referees Neuza Again of Brazil and Mexico’s Karen Díaz Medina for the essential Group E recreation on Thursday, Fifa introduced on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old will mark one other milestone in her profession on the Al Bayt Stadium, having refereed a males’s World Cup qualifier in March, a males’s Champions League recreation in 2020, the 2019 Uefa Tremendous Cup closing and matches in Ligue 1…

Earlier than the match started, Frappart stated she hoped the inclusion of feminine referees in Qatar would “make issues occur” on a broader stage. “It’s a powerful signal from Fifa and the authorities to have girls referees in that nation,” she stated.


Chilean First Woman Irina Karamanos Reimagines Her Function

Gabriel Boric and Irina Karamanos. (Facebook / Gabriel Boric)

In Akshi Chawla’s fantastic #WomenLead weblog, she spotlighted feminist Irina Karamanos who’s married to Chilean President Gabriel Boric. She took on the position of First Woman in hopes to reform it, and whereas her makes an attempt haven’t all been profitable, she is asking essential questions nonetheless.

Karamanos had indicated even earlier than Boric’s election that she may not take up the position of a primary girl if he received.

“It’s a place that deserves to be rethought as a result of we’re in numerous occasions, loads of issues have modified and you need to rethink energy and the relationships that emerge from it,” she had said at the time explaining her disinterest within the place… 

In latest months, Karamanos has been working to maneuver the work of operating six foundations that oversee programmes akin to a youngsters’s day care community, a science museum and a girls’s growth organisationto the related ministries, The Washington Put up has reported.

“The associate of the president is chosen to be a associate…to not be a president of foundations,” Karamanos defined to a board as she made a case for detaching their basis – a science museum – from the primary girl’s workplace, a proof that helped her get the board’s approval. 


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It was Shirley Chisholm‘s birthday this week. We’re nonetheless impressed by her sage recommendation to deliver our personal chairs to the desk. A few of us are even working to construct new tables!


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