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Oh mon dieu! C’est incroyable!  Ok, so my French is a lil' rusty, but that doesn’t stop me from loving Paris, France. I even have a tattoo of the Eiffel Tower because I love that city so much. So if you had seen my face when I found out that Paris’s upcoming mayoral race IS ALL FEMALE, you probably would’ve been floored. Yep, this year, four lovely ladies are running for mayor.  Previously in 2008, two female candidates ran for ... Read More
Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate student, recently won a seat on the Qazvin, Iran, City Council. Moradi received 10,000 votes, making her the fourteenth most popular of the 163 candidates that ran.  However, the electoral candidate has been barred from taking her seat because of her good looks. Yep, I’m not making this stuff up; she was disqualified because of her looks. Here we go again with more sexist crap. Let’s ... Read More
  I can’t get enough of Wendy Davis – her no-bullshit attitude, unwavering resolve, colossal intellect, passion, and warmth, not to mention her seriously KILLER sneakers – but she also makes me crave more stories about the original badass women in politics, AKA the suffragettes.     Thankfully, this hankering is right on time, because a safe belonging to members of the Suffrage Movement was cracked open Wednesday in New York ... Read More
We all heard about Obama’s recent faux pas with California attorney general Kamala Harris, him describing her as “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Some of us were turned off, others didn’t think it was such a big deal. Amongst all these opinions, is there actual evidence that telling a female politician how good she looks is bad for her career?  Yes, there is! A recent survey done by the Name It, Change It ... Read More
I never thought I’d have to say this, but … does President Obama need to borrow one of Mitt Romney’s binders full of women? Recent appointments for Obama’s second-term cabinet shows a staggering lack of diversity. A now infamous photograph showing the President with his senior advisors – a room full of white men, lounging around in their best business casual – could just as well be a photo of poker night at the Hamptons, as at ... Read More
A study at Northwestern University looks at the way we judge politicians to help explain the gender gap in politics. The study denies that people rationally consider candidates, and instead states, “research indicates that people use shallow decision heuristics, such as impressions of competence made solely from facial appearance when deciding whom to vote for.”  73 students (38 women and 35 men) looked at facial photos of prospective ... Read More
Looks like the Senate bathrooms might need a makeover. Newly reelected Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar recently spoke about one consequence of having a record number of women senators: a line in the bathroom. “For the first time, we had a traffic jam in the women’s senator’s bathroom,” she said. “There were five women in there. There’s only two stalls! And I’m not going to say who — that would be really bad for ... Read More
The election is over, and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate! Besides the re-election of President Barack Obama and “America’s happy warrior” Vice President Joe Biden, this election saw the legalization of gay marriage in Maine and Maryland, the legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, and more women elected to the Senate than ever before.  I hope you spent last night cheering and hugging random strangers in a bar, but ... Read More
Fifty Percent.  50%.  Half.  I hope it’s not news that women comprise fifty percent of our country- and of course our world’s- population.  This very simple fact, one should hope, would translate into the equal distribution of power.  However, this is not the case and I find it ceaselessly perplexing.  The government remains an elite and exclusive club inundated with (white) men.  Why are women a minority, when we are ... Read More
Mary Gonzalez won the El Paso, Texas, primary in May and since she ran uncontested, she will become the representative for her district.  However, she also last week received the title of being the first open “pansexual” to take office.  Rather than focusing on her ideals, politics, or pledges, her pansexuality- in conservative Texas of all places- is placing Gonzalez in the limelight, raising a lot of eyebrows, and sure, cowboy hats. Unsurprisingly, ... Read More
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