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From Emancipation to Voting Rights: The Tradition of Black Women Organizing

On January 5th the Georgia Senate Runoff election was the culmination of a sprint by Democratic organizing groups to flip two Republican-held Seats in a state that hadn’t had Democratic Senators in a generation. The groundwork for the Senate flip was laid almost a decade ago by Black and other women of color leaders, most …

The First but Not the Last: Madam Vice President

Today’s inauguration marks the beginning of the Biden-Harris administration and the historic Vice Presidency of Kamala Harris. Kamala Harris’s trailblazing rise to Vice President has changed the face of politics in our country, and today’s transition of power brings other shifts to the landscape for gender in national politics. With a potentially unprecedented number of …

Notable and Historic Women Leaders Tapped to Join the Biden-Harris Administration: Part 4

You’ve been following our series on the notable women appointed to the Biden-Harris administration. As the inauguration on January 20th approaches and we wrap up this series, we will be continuing to update the list of trailblazing women on our tracker. Check out Women on Wednesdays, a virtual conversation hosted by The Women & Politics …

Media Round Up: Week of January 10th

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: Pelosi’s House Impeaches Trump for Historic Second Time Amanda Becker, The 19th On Wednesday, Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice following the U.S. House …

The Gender in Politics News I’m Watching This Month

I was initially optimistic about the start of 2021 and was stunned, horrified, and heartbroken by what transpired in the last week. I watched last Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol with a mix of grief and anger. In any horrible situation, though, our founder and President Barbara Lee often urges us to “look for the …

Women Need to Run for Office Without Having to Run for Their Lives

A Personal Reflection on the Capitol Attack As the horrific attack on our Capitol and its public servants played out in real-time on television and on my Twitter feed, my first thoughts turned to family and friends at work that day in the building. My husband, a reporter for The New York Times, returned home …

Media Round Up: Week of January 3rd

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: Raimondo selected for Biden’s Commerce secretary Tyler Pager, Doug Palmer & Gavin Bade, Politico On Thursday, President-elect Joe Biden announced he’s tapping Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as …

Tracking Biden Appointments

Gender on the Ballot is tracking the Biden-Harris female cabinet-level nominations and senior-level political appointees to the Executive Office of the President as well as key leaders of Independent agencies, task forces, and centers. We are considering EOP staff with “Assistant to the President” rank as senior level. To learn more about many of the …

Women Made History in 2020

Women in politics broke barriers this year—from Kamala Harris’s historic Vice-Presidential election to the record 141 women who will serve in the 117th Congress. We are celebrating 2020’s many breakthroughs, and looking forward to the strides women in politics will make in the year ahead. As we covered prior to November’s election, women ran for …

Notable and Historic Women Leaders Tapped to Join the Biden-Harris Administration: Part 3

The Biden-Harris administration has selected nominees for key roles in the White House, and the administration appears to be continuing to keep gender and racial diversity in mind. Over the past two weeks, we have covered the Presidential transition as the new appointees are announced. These are the notable women handpicked to join the historic …

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