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Women in Government

Women who made their mark on Illinois government

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Even though the residents of Illinois are 49 percent male and 51 percent female, the legislative body that represents Illinoisans, the General Assembl...

Janet Yellen Wants To Be Called 'Chair', Not 'Chairwoman'

Posted 02.04.2014 | Women

Janet Yellen, now one of the most powerful people in the world, is notoriously private -- but clearly a badass. The newly appointed chair of the Fe...

Germany Makes Major Decision For Women

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed on Monday...

Where Are the Women?

Joan Williams | Posted 06.17.2013 | Women
Joan Williams

What do Slaughter and Sandberg know about an average woman's struggles? Not much. Between the two of them, they have more wealth and political power than most small towns. That's what we can learn from them.

The Power of Grassroots Democracy

Mary Ellen McNish | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Mary Ellen McNish

Holding local government to account is one of the most important tools people have to end their own hunger and poverty. But in most of the developing world, this is just a dream.

What This Election Means for Women

Katrina Alcorn | Posted 01.15.2013 | Women
Katrina Alcorn

This election, a record number of women -- binders and binders full of them -- ran for office. Best of all... they won.

PHOTOS: Is This Charming Or Unprofessional?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.25.2012 | Parents

How old is too old? To let your toddler play on the lawn in his skivvies? To still use a bottle? Wear a bib? Need a nap? Parents wonder, a...

Women's Equality Day: Not Just About Voting Anymore

Kate Farrar | Posted 10.24.2012 | DC
Kate Farrar

On this Women's Equality Day, we should celebrate the power of a woman's vote. But let's also celebrate a woman's voice and the fact that we can make ourselves heard every day -- not just every four years -- by supporting a sea change of leadership.

Where Are the Leaders for Women, Not Just Women Leaders?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Pat Mitchell

As the decades of my own advocacy on behalf of women pile up, I'm ever more convinced that women lead differently if given the chance to express our genuine styles, passions, and priorities.

Women Leadership: Voters Launch A Power Surge Of Women

The Christian Science Monitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Over the past decade, almost every region of the world has seen exponentially more political seats -- legislative and executive -- go to women. Icelan...

Wyclef's Out, but Women Are In (VIDEO)

Maria Bello | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Bello

2010-09-30-haiti.jpg In Haiti, 53 women are running for Congress and Senate who could change the dynamic of the rebuilding of Haiti. It's not with the president but within the Parliament where the real power lies.

16% and Rising: Combating the "Angry Man" With a Slate of Women Candidates

Liz Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Krueger

Twelve of the Democrats challenging Republicans for their State Senate seats in New York this year are women. That's the most female candidates we've ever had in a single election.

Women + Politics = Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Internationally, America is ranked 84th in the number of women serving in the national legislature, lagging behind Afghanistan and Cuba.

Who Needs More Women in Government? Everyone.

Sam Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Bennett

Who's at fault and how do we get out of the endless deadlock? Some dare to argue that men are to blame. A bold statement? Yes. But studies have shown that women often legislate more collaboratively.

Women and Minorities Bit Players, But Gaining in Selling to America's Biggest Customer -- the Federal Government

Esther J. Cepeda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Esther J. Cepeda

When it comes to stimulus-related government contracts for small business, women's business, and minority-owned businesses, there are but few happy campers.

The Gardasil Vaccine Series - An Interview with Merck & Co., Inc.

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

I recently spoke with a Media Relations person at Merck regarding the efficacy and side effects of Gardasil, the new HPV vaccine. Here's what she had to say.

Undermining the Pipeline: Caroline Kennedy's Lack of Experience

Bettina Duval | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bettina Duval

You cannot elect women just because they are women --they must also be qualified and experienced. I've spent the last seven years spreading that message.

Looking to Rwanda for Lessons on Gender Equality

Andrea Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrea Friedman

Rwanda is primarily known as the site of a horrific genocide. It is now the first country to have a majority of women in the legislature at 56%, up from a high of 18% before the conflict.