A few thoughts for today's news

Earlier this year, in a vote that surprised pollsters across the globe, Britain voted to leave the European Union. Financial markets reacted with one of the worst three-day periods in modern history. News outlets desperately dug through the data, trying to understand why their models were so wrong. World leaders even called emergency cabinet meetings to figure out what effects Brexit might have on their own fragile economies....more

My Husband for President . . . because . . . well . . . why not?

I vividly remember an argument I had with my friend Lori S. as we walked home from school one day — she was sure her father would make the best president of the United States and I was equally sure mine would. In the late 1960s, at the ages of about 7 and 8, we were clearly consummate authorities on smart men. It wasn’t until much later that I realized neither father was qualified....more

Celebrating National Women's Equality Day

Women gained the right to vote in the US on this day only ninety-six years ago. Considering that our nation’s first election was held in 1788 (over two hundred years ago!), it’s still a pretty big deal for us ladies.I’d also like to mention that in 1920, when the 19th Amendment passed, this was mostly for white women. It was a long time before women of color gained equal access to the polls....more

Why I’m Not Voting This Year

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Trump and Hilary: Choosing my poison

Have you ever had to fight with anyone because of something bad they did?It's usually easy to say which things are bad and good. Killing someone: bad. Helping someone: good. However, the lines are all blurry - the areas all grey - when, for instance, killing becomes part of a campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs. The choice I don't want to make ...more

Homeschool: Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand?

I'm a homeschooling mom, and I have questions for the presidential candidates....more
Laura@HouseOfJoyfulNoise You are so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.   Thank you for telling me ...more

The Political Upset That No One Saw Coming

Today, in Virginia, the unthinkable happened in the world of politics. Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader and the number 2 guy in the House met defeat at the hands of a virtual political unknown, see "Eric Cantor loses GOP primary to tea party challenger Dave Brat."...more
I'm not so sure about that. From listening to some folks from Virginia talk, they weren't ...more

As Nepal goes to the polls, a push to increase women’s representation

With few female candidates and poorly financed campaigns, observers wait and watch to see if quotas will be enough to maintain the 33 per cent of women’s representation achieved in Nepal’s previous Constituent Assembly. ...more

Cameroon elections catapult women into office

This unprecedented increase, bringing the proportion of women in the National Assembly to 31 per cent, a result of synergy between actors, adoption of an Electoral Code and involvement of a gender expert. ...more

Women make up more than one-third of Zimbabwe’s new Parliament

At a historic 35 per cent, women’s representation has more than doubled for the 8th Parliament of Zimbabwe, due to a special Constitutional measure applied during the recent general elections. ...more