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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Richard Cordray, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), today announced his resignation from the agency. Cordray, who has been the head of the CFPB since January 2012, will step down at the end of this month.
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.
Presidents’ Day first began as a national holiday in 1885 in honor of George Washington’s birthday (February 22), but was later moved to the third Monday in February and commonly celebrates all American presidents.
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.
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.
Do you want to drive change? Want to have a say in ongoing policy debates about housing and small business issues? Want to amplify the voices of women offering bold solutions when those issues are on the table? Then maybe you should run for office!