WHER Chat: Women’s Equality Day Marks 99th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage

Today marks Women’s Equality Day, a day established in 1973 to commemorate the same day in 1920 when women were first granted the right to vote in the United States. This year is the 99th anniversary of women’s right to vote, and women have been voting more than their male counterparts since 1980. The voter turnout in 2018 was 55 percent for women and 51.8 percent for men. In 2014, women’s turnout was 43 percent and men’s turnout was 40.8 percent. 

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The Number of Women in Power is Growing, But it Remains Small

 

Even though women in power around the world remain part of a small collective—and rarely remain in power for long periods of time—they are growing, according to the Pew Research Center (PRC). There are currently 15 women world leaders in office, eight of whom are their country’s first woman in power.

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Maxine Waters Selected Again to Lead House Financial Services Committee

 

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has once again been selected alongside Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to lead the House Financial Services Committee. Waters, who was unanimously reelected for the position by the Democratic Caucus, will be entering her third term as Ranking Member.

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Trump Selects Ben Carson to Lead Housing and Urban Development

 

Donald Trump has officially chosen retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carson’s appointment to lead the revitalization of American cities has been viewed by many as another case of the president-elect’s unconventional approach.

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