Webinar: Women in the 2014 Midterm Elections

“We need both parties to get to parity,” emphasized Parity Research Director Malliga Och, highlighting the gains for Republican women this cycle as a positive step forward for women’s representation. In the video below, get facts and analyses on the 2014 midterm election results from leading experts on women in politics: Malliga, Cynthia Terrell (Representation 2020), Claire Bresnahan (Women’s Campaign Fund and She Should Run), and Kiley Lane Parker (Raising Ms. President).

Watch the full webinar here.

Give and take, not tug-of-war

By Malliga Och

Gina Raimondo, Andy Moffit

Running for office requires long hours, determination, and most of all, a supportive environment of friends and family. Spouses have long helped candidates carry the weight of campaigning: they provide a shoulder to cry on, take care of daily household needs, act as trusted confidants, and often serve as campaign surrogates. While we are all familiar with the image of a smiling and waving wife on stage with her politically-driven husband, the reverse scenario is still mostly uncharted territory. What roles do husbands play when their spouses run for office? What is their role once their wives are elected officials? Continue reading

A growing political force?

By Malliga Och

America Votes
Today, 17.3 million people (or 5.7%) in the US identify as Asian American. While the Asian American community is relatively small compared to African Americans and Hispanics, they are one of the fastest growing populations in America. To mark Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Political Parity is spotlighting the accomplishments of Asian American women in politics. For one week (between May 22nd – 29th), we will build awareness through the stories of trailblazing Asian American women and encourage you to learn more about these role models. Continue reading

Do high chairs belong in higher office?

By Malliga Och

Female Electeds in Scotland

Though the faces of politics today reflect a broader picture of the American electorate, the rules, procedures, and work environment of our highest-level deliberative bodies still reflect the systems of the past. In seeking to explain women’s continued underrepresentation, much emphasis is directed at women’s willingness (or unwillingness) to step forward as candidates.  However, what happens once women are elected is also critically important. For mothers, who frequently come home to a second shift after their professional work day ends, concerns about workplace policies, flexibility, and demands take on heightened importance. To better understand the dearth of women in politics, we should ask whether Congressional office is a welcoming profession to mothers who are balancing multiple responsibilities. Continue reading

From misfit to the most powerful woman in Germany

By Malliga Och

Sexist media coverage is certainly not a US phenomenon. As a partner in the Name It. Change It. initiative, Political Parity is all too familiar with the double standard placed on women across all platforms of journalism. Yet, in other countries, despite unfair and even cruel media coverage women continue to ascend to the most powerful positions. Ninety-nine countries around the world have had a female leader, while the United States still hasn’t elected its first woman president. Continue reading

A Conversation with Diana Hwang

First published on Political Parity Blog on May 28, 2015

2012 AAWPI Graduation with Mayor Lisa Wong

Diana Hwang founded the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) after she noticed that Asian-American women were noticeably absent in Massachusetts politics both behind the scenes and on center stage. The State House Fellowship Program, a key program of AAWPI, matches Asian-American women with state legislators to provide first-hand political experience.  Political Parity’s Research Director, Malliga Och caught up with Diana to have a candid conversation about the unique barriers to political and civic engagement Asian-American women face and how to overcome these obstacles. Continue reading