Women's & Girls' Leadership

From prime ministers to grass roots organizers, women and girls are attaining leadership positions in increasing numbers across government, civil society and the economy. But the glass ceiling is still firmly in place in many countries including in the US, where women are still vastly under-represented in government and senior leadership positions. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

A First For New Jersey

When Susan Shin Angulo raised her right hand and put her left on the Bible last week, she broke through a barrier in New Jersey that had never been shattered before. After being sworn in by Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald, Angulo became the first Korean-American woman to hold a seat in government in the state.
While there have been several Korean-American men to hold various governmental positions in the state, the Center for American Women and Politics in Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics said Angulo is the first female government official of Korean descent to serve in any of the state’s elected public offices.

Women Leaders Gain Ground in NJ Politics

New Jersey inaugurated its first lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, yesterday but that was just one of a few firsts this year for women in state government.
While the spotlight may be on the state’s executive branch now, women made strides in the state’s legislature also. Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, D-Essex, took office last Tuesday to become the state’s first black female and second overall female speaker of the Assembly, while Rutgers School of Law-Camden graduate Senator Barbara Buono, D-Middlesex, rose to a position as the legislative body’s majority speaker.
“To have women in such significant leadership roles really marks a change in politics in the state of New Jersey,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
The state now ranks 16th in the nation in terms of the percentage of women serving in state legislature, she said.

New Book on Women in the Trades by Jane LaTour

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Is Oakland Ready? Jean Quan Hopes To Crack Mayoral Ceiling

If all politics is local, Oakland City Council member Jean Quan should get a fair shake in that town's mayoral race this year against former California state Senate leader Don Perata. Quan, one of 12 women to ever serve on the City Council (and the first Asian-American woman), hopes to give Perata a run for his money (and he is said to have much more of it than she) on the merits of her two-plus decades of community-oriented work in Oakland.

Legislative Gains For Women a Hopeful Trend

 By My Central Jersey

 

January 3, 2010

 

 

For the first time ever, New Jersey finds itself among the top 10 states for representation of women in its state

Legislature.That trend indicates real opportunities for women in accessing levers of power.

It's a trend that should also be fostered and encouraged.To put it simply, democracies are strongest when those in

public office reflect the diversity of their populations.That includes gender as well as race. Just five short years ago, New

Jersey was ranked 43rd in the United States in terms of female representation in its state Legislature. Since then, seven  

assemblywomen and two female senators were elected to bring the total to 38 among the state's 120 lawmakers.

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Kelly Kulick becomes first woman to win PBA Tour title

Kulick became the first woman to win a PBA Tour title on Sunday, beating Chris Barnes in the final of the 45th Tournament of Champions.

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http://www.usatoday.com/sports/bowling/2010-01-24-kelly-kulick-tour-of-champions_N.htm

Female Religious Guides are on the Rise

In recent years, Morocco, Egypt, and Turkey have trained and appointed a new group to the ranks of religious guides: women. Female religious guides, al-murshidat in Arabic, reach a demographic group that might otherwise not be available – or receptive – to male imams, such as women and children, particularly those in poorer neighborhoods.

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http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=5&article_id=110956

Eileen O'Neill: "The City of Women"

Eileen O'Neill delivering the closing remarks at the conference entitled "Women, Philosophy and History: A Celebration of Eileen O'Neill '75," held on October 2-3, 2009 at Barnard College.  

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Feminism: Controversies, Challenges, Actions

BCRW's rebuttal to claims that the Feminist Movement is losing momentum. In this film, Rebecca Haimowitz interviews some of the most exciting voices in feminist scholarship and activism.

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