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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.