Across the region women are seeing the gains they thought they had secured wiped out.
Women U.S. Senators and the women who help run this governing branch made headlines recently for a seemingly mundane task: they came to work after a blizzard dumped more than two feet of snow on the nation's capital.
Women are underrepresented in 145 out of 145 countries.
Since then, women have made many strides in the political arena. The current Congress contains a record number of women: 20
"It’s far too early to suggest female politicians ought to change their campaigns or styles of self-presentation, and much
Narrative is a deeply engrained cultural process that defines, inflicts and enforces taboos against ambitious women. The narrative of a mom heading off to Harvard Law School was never going to fly.
"The fact that women run for Mayor of Paris is a sign of the times. There's nothing women can't do. Even so, I long for the day when gender doesn't matter in politics. What matters is who you are, what kind of citizen you are and what you campaign for. "
Women make up only 18.3 percent of Congress, ranking us 77th in the world for gender representation in politics. And that's not going to improve unless we take a hard look at why even today's young women demonstrate a political ambition gap.
Inside and outside the political parties, women are the movers and shakers from the local to the national level. They provide the special connection to the voters that have moved the State of Colorado forward in its politics.
We must make it a priority to empower young girls with the idea that they have just as much of a place in leadership as their male counterparts, in politics and beyond.