June 6 - The World's 100 Most Powerful Women

“Who are the world’s most powerful women this year? They are the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today.” (Forbes)

June 8 – The Working Woman Windfall

“According to the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), if every government helped its citizens catch up to the country in its region that has made the fastest strides toward gender parity, the total annual payoff in additional GDP could reach $12 trillion in 2025.  Gender parity is also a moral imperative, recognized in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by 193 countries in 2015. Together with the aggregate economic payoff, investing in women and girls would transform millions of lives for the better.” (Project Syndicate)

June 29 – UN Women Annual Report 2015-2016

UN women released their annual report for 2015-2016: “2015 was UN Women’s fifth year. As we marked this milestone, UN Member States agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognizes the transformative power of women and girls. Our work around the world contributes to turning the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals into reality.” (UN Women)


South Africa: June 27 – Women Continue to Struggle in Politics: Study

“Women are still struggling to climb the ladder in politics. Research presented by the Gender Commission shows that only a fraction of women were earmarked for strategic positions in the run-up to the 2014 national elections.” (SABC News)


India: June 8 – 65,000 Women to Hold Power in Tamil Nadu Local Bodies

“Four months from now, the dynamics of local bodies is set to change. Half of 1.32 lakh posts in municipal corporations, municipalities, town panchayats and panchayats will be represented by women - up from one-third now.  The AIADMK government has notified the law guaranteeing 50% reservation for women in all local bodies. The legislation was passed in the last assembly in February.” (The Times of India)

Australia: June 21 – Vote 2016: Gender Parity Closer than Ever for Candidates

“Australian women are better represented in this year’s lower house election than ever before, the release of candidate details for this election shows.  For the first time in Australian political history, the percentage of candidates who are women in the house of representatives, or lower house, is above 30 per cent.” (SBS)

South Korea: June 30 – Half of Public Servants Now Women

“About half of public servants in patriarchal Korea are now women.   According to figures published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Personnel Management, women accounted for 49.4 percent of civil servants last year or 315,290 of 637,658. But they rarely hold senior positions, and the vast majority or 79.6 percent work for the Education Ministry, which means most are teachers in state schools.” (The Chosunilbo)


Ireland: June 9 – UN Calls on Ireland to Reform Abortion Laws after Landmark Ruling

“The UN’s human rights committee has called on the Irish government to reform its restrictive abortion legislation, after ruling that it subjected a woman to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and violated her human rights.  The landmark ruling, which is expected to set an international precedent, calls on Ireland to introduce ‘accessible procedures for pregnancy termination’ to prevent similar violations in the future. The judgment marks the first time that an international human rights committee has recognised that by criminalising abortion, a state has violated a woman’s human rights.” (The Guardian)

Italy: June 20 – What Rome’s Election of its First Female Mayor Says About Women in Italian Politics

"On June 19th, lawyer Virginia Raggi won her runoff, beating a candidate backed by the Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a landslide. At the same time, Turin, Italy’s fourth-largest city, also elected its first female mayor, the manager Chiara Appendino. “This is the beginning of a new era,” said Raggi in her victory speech. [. . .] So how did Raggi end up as the mayor of the capital?” (Fortune)

Regional: June 29 – The Women are Coming – Welcome to the New Female Face of Politics

In the aftermath of Brexit, women stand poised to ascend to a slew of recently vacated leadership positions in the UK: “After the shock of the vote to leave the European Union, the cards in Westminster have been tossed high into the air and everyone is waiting to see how they will fall.  But - as things stand - by November, there could be a female President of the United States, a female Prime Minister, a female Leader of the Opposition, a female First Minister in Scotland (Nicola Sturgeon) and a female First Minister in Northern Ireland (Arlene Foster).” (Telegraph)

Middle East

Regional: June 9 – UN Campaign Highlights Unsung Work of Women in Middle East Peace-Building

“Seeking to help a region plagued by war and violence, the UN has unveiled a campaign to highlight the role of women in peace-building and conflict resolution – hoping that their largely unsung work in Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Palestine will inspire others.  A series of five films commissioned by UN Women is entitled in Arabic and English simply #WeAreHere, a statement of defiance and a message of future commitment.” (The Guardian)

Tunisia: June 28 – Tunisia Moves Closer to Achieving Gender Equality in Politics

“Tunisia’s Parliament has approved an amendment ensuring that women have greater representation in local politics. This amendment, which applies to both municipal and regional elections, includes a proposal for “horizontal and vertical” gender parity in Article 49 of the electoral law. Horizontal parity requires that municipal election lists across Tunisia have equal number of both men and women, while vertical parity requires that men and women alternate within each list.” (UN Women)

North America

United States: June 6 – Clinton has Enough Delegates to Secure the Democratic Nomination

“Hillary Clinton has secured enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, according to an updated count by The Associated Press. She is the first woman ever to head a major-party ticket in this country.” (NPR)

United States: June 14 – Senate Votes to Require Women to Register for the Draft

“On Tuesday, the Senate approved an expansive military policy bill that would for the first time require young women to register for the draft. The shift, while fiercely opposed by some conservative lawmakers and interest groups, had surprisingly broad support among Republican leaders and women in both parties.” (The New York Times)

Canada: June 21 – Do Women Public Service Leaders Make a Difference?

 “Canada is now number one in the world in terms of the representation of women in the public service, including at leadership levels. The Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership at Carleton University released a research report I authored, asking the question, now that women are in, what difference does it make?“ (Huffington Post) – WPSP sponsored research!

United States: June 23 – If Hillary Clinton Cracks that ‘Highest, Hardest Glass Ceiling,’ She’ll Bring Other Women Along with Her into Office

“[E]lecting a female leader doesn’t vastly increase the likelihood that it will happen again. But electing a female leader does appear to boost the number of women those nations elect to their legislatures. [. . .] According to the World Bank’s Gender Data Portal, women make up an average of 20.6 percent of democratically elected parliaments, assemblies and congresses. In countries where a woman has never been in power, that number is 18.6 percent — but in nations where a woman has held the highest office, the number is 24.1 percent.” (The Washington Post)

United States: June 28 – Supreme Court Firmly Backs Abortion Rights, Tosses Texas Law

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas abortion law imposing strict regulations on doctors and facilities in the strongest endorsement of abortion rights in America in more than two decades.  The 5-3 ruling held that the Republican-backed 2013 Texas law placed an undue burden on women exercising their right under the U.S. Constitution to end a pregnancy, established in the court's landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.” (Reuters)

United States: June 29 – 2 Transgender Women Make History with Congressional Primary Wins

“Transgender women won two congressional primary races Tuesday night — and made history as the first trans people to become major candidates for the U.S. House or Senate. [. . .] It’s a long shot for either to get elected. Utah is a solidly Republican state, and Lamborn’s district in Colorado is extremely conservative. Still, it’s a positive sign that transgender candidates aren’t just out there, they can also succeed.” (Huffington Post)

South America

Peru: June 10 – Peru Election: Keiko Fujimori Concedes Defeat

“With all votes counted for Sunday's election, former Wall Street banker Kuczynski won 50.1 percent to 49.9 percent for Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori.  ‘In a democratic spirit, we accept these results,’ Fujimori said on Friday, vowing to lead a responsible opposition in Congress, where her party controls 73 of 130 seats.” (Aljazeera)

Brazil: June 27 – Senate Report Clears Rousseff of Budget Manipulation

“Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff got a boost in her fight against impeachment on Monday as a report prepared by analysts in the Senate found that there is no evidence to suggest she was personally responsible for fiscal wrongdoing. It remains unclear, however, how the findings will impact the impeachment process that has hinged on such allegations.” (TeleSUR)


Photo: Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish First Minister, leading the way. Photo credit Scottish Government (CC BY-NC 2.0)