Month: September 2020

Celebrating Gender Equity in Health
| Sep 30, 2020

Amidst our current challenges, we do have cause to celebrate. Thirty years ago we changed the face of medicine with the creation of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health. What a privilege to have been a foremother in the creation of that Office. Flashback to its birth. In …

What’s in a Name?
| Sep 30, 2020

It’s old news that women face sexism on the campaign trail. While many of these attacks are overt, like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s encounter with a colleague earlier this year, others are more subtle. Sexism can be comments on a woman’s appearance or clothing, remarks about her personal family life, or even the way she’s addressed. …

Gender is on the Ballot – In the Form of the Supreme Court
| Sep 28, 2020

It is true – federal judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, not voted on by the electorate. But this year, the Supreme Court is on the ballot and women’s rights are at stake. Last week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died. …

Media Round Up: Week of September 20th
| Sep 25, 2020

Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: For Women, the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Brings a Particular Grief Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times “For so many women across the country, the loss …

The Cost of Motherhood: Why Childcare Is a Top 2020 Campaign Issue
| Sep 24, 2020

The great soul artist, James Brown lit up the stage proudly exclaiming, “This is a man’s world.” The popular song was released in 1966 but its prose resonates loudly in 2020. Women make up over 50% of the US population and over 58% of the American workforce yet being a born a woman remains a …

Women Leaders are Rising to the Occasion in 2020
| Sep 23, 2020

For nearly the entirety of the year so far, 2020 has been characterized by crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic and its economic repercussions have disrupted jobs, health, finances, and everyday life for countless Americans. Meanwhile, wildfires are raging along the West Coast, hurricanes season threatens the Southeast, incidents of police brutality repeatedly surface, and the anxiety-laden …

The November Election is 43 Days Away. Today’s a Great Day to Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote.
| Sep 22, 2020

Today is National Voter Registration Day, a “nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy,” and a great reminder to be sure you have a plan to vote in this November’s general elections. If it seems like the topic of voting is everywhere lately, from Michelle Obama’s “VOTE” necklace at the Democratic National Convention, to the social …

Media Round Up: Week of September 13th
| Sep 18, 2020

Happy Friday! Welcome to our Media Round Up. Each week we’re collecting and sharing our favorite gender + politics stories. Here’s what caught our eye this week: They voted for him and now regret it. Why White women are turning away from Trump. Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post Over 50% of white women voted for …

When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population: How to Build Back Better
| Sep 16, 2020

The time immediately following a crisis creates a window of opportunity to reimagine what the next phase of life can look like. With COVID-19, this opportunity seems more pressing than ever as the pandemic has highlighted the inequalities that made the “old normal” not work for so many, particularly women. In every country, and especially …

Party Rules Shape the Makeup of National Conventions
| Sep 15, 2020

With the dust settling on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, it’s important to remember that women are underrepresented at all levels of the political process, including party leadership. For years, the Democratic and Republican National parties have tried to remedy this issue. Today, rules by national parties aim to achieve equal division amongst state …

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