Over the past several months, we’ve had the opportunity to witness women around the world lead governments, care for communities and call for social change in the midst of a global pandemic.
María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the UN General Assembly, states:
We at ReflectUS have seen time and again how women unite governments, uplift communities and ultimately change societies. We are now taking a look at how women are effecting change through global political leadership.
In our most recent issue brief entitled: “Women’s Political Leadership Around the World,” we discuss the global status of women political leadership, and determine which countries are making strides towards gender parity in politics. We’ve found that in many countries women are leading us towards more representative governments across the globe. Yet, when comparing the U.S. to its peer countries, it is apparent that there is still much work to do in this country.
Enjoy reading “Women’s Political Leadership Around the World” and learning more about the rest of our work this month.
Some countries are making great strides in ensuring women’s political participation and leadership. Others are falling far behind. In this issue brief, you can see information from six regions around the world The Americas, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. Check it out here to see how the U.S. is doing.
In an effort to help women begin their political leadership journey, ReflectUS Dallas has created a Boards and Commissions Guide for each city located within Dallas County. This Guide includes various information such as which Boards and Commissions have vacancies, Appointment Eligibility, Application Process, Appointment Timeline, Mailing Addresses, Point of Contact Information and links to apply directly. You can browse our guides here.
We are very excited for the next event in our series, Understanding City Governance. Join us on July 23rd at 7 PM ET as we hear from Opal Mauldin-Jones, the First Female City Manager for the City of Lancaster in Dallas County. If you've ever wanted to learn more about how cities are ran and the day-to-day roles that appointed and elected officials play, please join us!
About Opal Mauldin-Jones:
Opal Mauldin-Jones became the first female City Manager for the City of Lancaster, Texas on February 14, 2011. Her public service career began as a college intern in the office of The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, who represents Texas' 30th Congressional District. Opal progressed through the ranks and served in numerous positions. Prior to being named City Manager, she served the City of Lancaster as Community Relations Coordinator, Assistant to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager and Interim City Manager. A native Texan, Opal completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Opal has completed numerous certification and training programs including the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD and Senior Executive Institute. She is a graduate of the 2010 Leadership ICMA program, and 2012 graduate of the Texas State University, Texas Certified Public Manager Program.
Fireside Chat: A National Conversation with Genevieve Collins and Tiffany Gardner
As we work towards getting more women in political leadership, it's important that we discuss engaging women from diverse viewpoints. Tiffany Gardner and Genevieve Collins are excited to dive in on the importance of supporting center-right women. Genevieve, a 7th generation Texan, is very passionate about making strides for women and continues her grandmother’s legacy, Calvert Collins, who was the first woman appointed to the Dallas City Council.
Join Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO, at the CREWOMEN Conference!
CREWOMEN is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment of Women’s Right to Vote by following in the footsteps of the New York State suffragists. Register today to hear about visionary insights from amazing speakers, legacy descendants and inspiration from the voices of the past as well as the next up and coming generation.