political parity

New Hampshire is the only state to get an “A” in gender parity among government jobs, report finds

  • A new report from Representation2020, an organization advocating for women’s representation in politics, has found that just one state is doing well enough to merit an “A” rating in gender parity: New Hampshire.
  • To determine New Hampshire’s standing, researchers used a “gender parity index,” a system that awards points to states based on how many women hold office in U.S. Congress, state executive positions, the state legislature and local government. 
  • New Hampshire was the first state to elect an all-female congressional delegation, with women currently occupying all four of its seats in the U.S. Senate and House.
  • According to the same system, Washington followed close behind New Hampshire with a “B” ranking. Fifteen states received a “C,” 29 received a “D” and four — Louisiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Mississippi — were awarded an “F.” Read more (5/10/17)

Here’s Where Your State Ranks On Gender Equality, According to McKinsey

To come up with the rankings, McKinsey looked compared the states based on 10 factors:

  1. Women’s labor force participation
  2. Types of jobs held by women
  3. Number of women in leadership positions
  4. Unpaid work done by women
  5. Number of single mothers
  6. Maternal mortality
  7. Women’s higher education
  8. Rates of teen pregnancy
  9. Women’s political representation
  10. Violence against women.

Looking across these 10 factors, the researchers then calculated a “State Parity Score,” in which 0 represents total inequality, and 1 represents total equality. All of the states hovered around the middle, with 0.58 being the lowest score (Alaska) and 0.74 being the highest (Maine).

What are all the dudebros crying ‘Doctor Who ruined by political correctness!’ trying to say anyway? That a male Doctor is politically incorrect? Offensive?

Because that’s really not true. There’s nothing offensive about a male doctor.

Are they saying there is something offensive about a female doctor?

Because that would mean they just want a different kind of ‘political correctness’ dedicated to enforcing a greater male representation. 

Or are they saying women actually cannot have any naturally occurring representation, that any female appearance is always an act mandated by a political effort to ensure parity?

Because that’s rather silly, and if true, then clearly that terrible Political Correctness is necessary to fix the imbalance, no?

Or are they saying that women, by default, make everything worse, simply by being women?

Which is the silliest one yet, and anyone who thinks that isn’t worth listening to.

I see so much complaining and yet no one has been able to give a reasonable answer to ‘why not a female Doctor’. When you sift out the more egregriously sexist crap, you’re still left with irrelevant answers such as:

“the Doctor has always been male”

“traditionally”

“it will be different”

which are all very valid as subjective feelings but unfortunately when presented as arguments, they can all be countered by a single word:

“So?”

Weak.

Why you should be less excited about gender parity in Trudeau’s Cabinet.

I will be the first to admit that I was quite excited about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet. Gender parity in Canada’s Cabinet for the first time in Canadian history? It was almost too good to be true.

And then I realized that it was.

Trudeau appointed 15 women and 15 men to his Council of Ministers; a promise he had made in his election campaign which he kept because, “It’s 2015”. However, 5 of the 15 female Ministers are actually Ministers of State. Ministers of State are not full Ministers; they are not in charge of their own separate departments as they have been “assigned to assist” other Ministers, which means that they are not legally authorized to sign orders in Council. While the existence of Ministers of State is not new, it is important to acknowledge that all of the male Ministers are full Ministers; all of the Ministers of State are women.

Liberal sources have said that these 5 women will be referred to as full Ministers and that they will attend all full meetings of the Cabinet but, when you consider the fact that Ministers of State make $20,000 less than full Ministers each year, it becomes problematic. These women are going to be given the title rhetorically and expected to do the same amount of work while being paid less.

When this issue was brought to the attention of the public, a senior government source told the CBC that certain changes had to be made to the Treasury Board statutes concerning roles in the Cabinet in order for these 5 women to be given full ministerial status and salaries; changes that Scott Brison, the new president of the Treasury Board, is expected to make. Whether these changes will be made remains to be seen.

Regardless of whether these changes are coming down the pipeline or not, it is incredibly early in Trudeau’s PM-ship and I am still cautiously optimistic. It is, however, becoming clear that 10 years of hyper-Conservative rule under Stephen Harper has made us all a little giddy about what a Liberal Canada will look like. This revelation about Trudeau’s Cabinet should serve as a sobering reminder that things are not always what they seem on the surface and that it is important for us to remain scrupulous. We have come to expect so little of our government that I am afraid we will let things slide simply because they’re better than they used to be. Better doesn’t necessarily mean good.

anonymous asked:

Please explain what the patriarchy is because I am at least 100% sure it's not real

Readers, I usually don’t respond to lazy and combative questions like this, but I figured I’d respond to this one to give some talking points for other bloggers who choose to address similar questions.

Right, no patriarchy, literally “rule by males.” Which is why in the U.S. we’ve had women presidents since - never. 

That’s also why so many men take their wive’s last name when they marry - to pass down the matrilineage. 

That’s why the supreme court, the most important decision making entity in the country, was all males until the last century, and before Obama, was 1 woman to 8 men. Sounds like a matriarchy!

Lawmakers make the rules that we all have to live by. On political gender parity: “The U.S. is near the bottom of the list when it comes to gender parity in office,” Souza-Rezendes said. “We’re behind Afghanistan even.” In Kabul 27.7, percent of parliamentary seats are held by women, in comparison to 19.4 percent in the U.S. Congress.” 

Source: US political gender parity ‘worse than Afghanistan,’ advocates say

“But 2015 isn’t an especially progressive time in the political world for gender equality. There are zero countries where women have equal representation with men. Zero. A new report on global gender equality by the World Economic Forum shows that while women are inching toward global parity in education, health, and to a lesser extent economic outcomes, they are still woefully underrepresented in national governments.Of 145 countries in the index, only four (Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Nicaragua) are more than halfway toward equality at the parliamentary, ministerial, and head-of-state levels of government. The majority of countries are below a quarter of the way to equality.”

Source: Women Have Very Little Political Power Anywhere In The World

Demographically the U.S. is a very religious country. And that main religion - Christianity - is the definition of a patriarchy. Women can’t serve their faith as men do, and the origin story of the religion is about how women messed up and humanity is cursed because of Eve. 

So both our politics and religion are male supremacist in theory and practice.

CHECK THIS OUT if you’re really serious about your question.

After that If you still need more info: http://profeminist.tumblr.com/tagged/patriarchal-culture

It used to be a billionaire or millionaire could give a limited amount to elections, as to keep their influence relative to the other 99% of the population. Republican Supreme Court destroyed that balance in 2010 and gave the top 1% all the influence they wanted.

 Let’s restore political parity. Overturn Citizens United.

Never forget Political Parity when it comes to discussions of feminism and equality.

Not a single state in the country has gender parity in it’s federal representation.  Not a single state has 50% or more women in congress. 

As of right now, only 20 of the 100 US Senators are women. Only 84 of the 435 members of the House are women.

We have never had a woman or a non-binary person as president. We would need to elect a woman as president every election for the next 176 years (assuming that none of them ever got reelected) before we reach gender parity in the Oval Office. 

You can’t tell me that there is no patriarchy when the numbers in government are so damning.