Boston Will Soon Have a Woman Mayor; How Can the U.S. Get More Women Judges?: Weekend Reading on Women's Representation

The results are in from the Boston mayoral primary and two women—Annissa Essabi George and Michelle Wu—will advance to the general election ensuring that Boston will have a woman mayor come November no matter who wins.

9/18/2021 3:26:00 AM

The results are in from the Boston mayoral primary and two women—Annissa Essabi George and Michelle Wu—will advance to the general election ensuring that Boston will have a woman mayor come November no matter who wins.

Weekend Reading for Women's Representation is a compilation of stories about women's representation. This week: Boston will have a woman mayor come November; why are first-generation Americans underrepresented in the federal government?; German Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenure is coming to an end; the dearth of women in judicial offices; and more.

 Grazia, there are a number of countries where it’s still very difficult for women to vote:We live in a patriarchal society, that much we know. In the UK, our symptoms of that include the two women per week being killed by partners, conviction rates for rape amounting to a haunting 2% and Black women being five times more likely to die during childbirth than white women. Then there’s the objectification of women, unrealistic beauty standards, the gender pay gap, maternity discrimination and glass ceiling. All of this, of course, made more difficult if you’re an ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ or disabled.

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But for us, the patriarchy often exists under a veil of hidden, socialised behaviours that impacts us dearly but at least as a society, is known as ‘bad’ – one would hope. In other parts of the world though, the patriarchy is often celebrated.It’s in these countries where women face obstacles against the most basic human rights, from a lack of education to minimal political agency. Women are disproportionately impoverished globally, and while in the UK there are still archaic opinions about the women’s place being as the child-rearer and home-maker, in other parts of the world this is considered fact. Whether it’s due to religion, tradition or a lack of education, it all amounts to women being subservient.

It’s important to understand just how prevalent this is, especially at times like this, where we’re celebrating just how far women have come in the UK. We might be benefiting from what former generations fought for, but there is still a fight to be had. Just take a look at these countries where it’s still really difficult for women to vote (and work and live) … headtopics.com

From RepresentWomen’s international research.Women in Russia make up just 16 percent of the lower house of parliament and there are few policies in place to protect women from domestic violence—but Daria Litvinova reports in The Washington Post that a leading feminist, Alyona Popova, is running for a seat to advance women’s rights in the upcoming elections:

Alyona Popova’s campaign rhetoric is blunt: Unless she is elected to parliament, there won’t be much hope for a law against domestic violence in Russia.One of the country’s most ardent feminists, Popova has fought for years to lobby members of the State Duma to adopt legislation to protect women — without success. So she decided to run herself in the election in which voting begins Friday and runs through Sunday.

Popova believes she has a good chance of winning and will be able to push through a domestic violence law. Analysts and recent actions by Russian authorities, however, suggest that both face an uphill battle.Few reliable official statistics are kept on violence against women in Russia, but it is clearly a national problem. Police routinely turn a blind eye to domestic abuse, and restraining orders don’t exist, leaving victims without a key protection.

The Interior Ministry’s official magazine, Russia’s Police, reported in 2019 that one in three murders occur within “family and domestic relations”; violent acts of different kinds happen in one out of four families; and 70% of crimes within families and households are against women and children. headtopics.com

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There are virtually no legal mechanisms to protect people from domestic abuse. Laws address a wide range of violent crimes, but attempts to create measures that would prevent these crimes from happening have faced resistance from authorities.(Philipp/ Flickr)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tenure in office is coming to an end and she is likely to be replaced by a man in the upcoming German elections. According to according to  in Reuters, Merkel’s 16 years in power have been impactful, even if she considers herself to be a reluctant feminist:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a feminist icon after 16 years in power even though the world’s most powerful woman has only belatedly accepted that label as she prepares to step down, and conceded that gender equality is still a long way off.

“She is admired by women all over the world, this is her main legacy. That a woman showed what she is capable of and does this with dignity and resolve,” German feminist activist Alice Schwarzer told Reuters.A rare woman in the upper echelons of her conservative, male-dominated Christian Democrats (CDU), Merkel, 67, long avoided casting herself as a feminist and has only reluctantly supported some policies pushed by feminists such as quotas for women in boardrooms. headtopics.com

“She hasn’t spent the last 16 years carrying out great feminist deeds. To be fair she had quite a few other things on her plate,” Schwarzer said, noting Merkel had supported policies that helped women like expanding state-funded childcare.“The very fact of her existence is a feminist statement.”

In 2017, Merkel avoided saying whether she considered herself a feminist when urged to do so at an event with then International Monetary Fund (IMF) director Christine Lagarde and Ivanka Trump, daughter of then-U.S. President Donald Trump.Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. (Painted by Melanie Humble)

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