What’s possible?

Change starts with noticing what’s happening and then wondering what’s possible.   Think of any “successful” civil rights movement around the world.  Thinking might have started out as a reaction against injustice shifted somewhere along the way to wondering, “what’s next?”  “What’s possible?” The U.S. suffrage movement experimented with different approaches to female suffrage – state by state …

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The Suffrage Myth

Women in the United States didn’t gain the right to vote in 1920.  Nope.  Women in the United States regained the right to vote.   Women voted in the U.S. colonies before 1920.  The intersections of gender, race, social class, age, religion, nation, politics, and democracy have always mattered in this country.   Women (privileged women) voted …

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Likability, Electability, and Gender Stereotypes. Oh My!

It’s not about whether a female candidate can win the popular vote or even lead the nation. The real challenge is convincing people to vote for a female candidate.  The ideas of likability and electability are steeped in U.S. gender norms.  Data indicate that people do not think negatively about women in leadership positions.  They …

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