We hope history books will say 2018 marked the year women finally began to achieve gender parity in national elected office. But it’s going to take more than hope. After all, it took 242 years to have a U.S. Congress comprised of 24 percent women.
That got me thinking: how are other countries doing in women’s representation in comparison to ours? It turns out— much better than we are.
The latest research from RepresentWomen, (a nonpartisan organization working to advance reforms to ensure more women can run, win, serve and lead) shows that the U.S. currently ranks 78th among the world’s nations for women’s representation. So much for patting ourselves on our collective backs for 2018. Read More
Imagine suddenly being diagnosed with diabetes at age 24 and having to move back to your parents’ home to afford your insulin. Or facing brain tumor treatment at age 40 and spending all your savings to pay for the drugs to save your life. Horror stories like these—from two Maryland women—are increasingly common across the nation as skyrocketing drug prices drive patients into poverty—or death.
But Maryland has a chance to tackle this crisis through an innovative bill heard in both houses of the General Assembly on March 6. This legislation, HB768/SB759, would create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to ensure that high-cost prescription drugs are available to Marylanders. The Board, an independent rate-setting agency, would review prescription drugs that create affordability challenges. For example, the price of Herceptin, a breast-cancer-treatment drug, has climbed by 78 percent since 2005, with an annual price tag of $60,000 (despite having been on the market for two decades). Read More
A large field of candidates should signal a healthy, vibrant democracy. But too often, crowded contests give way to vote-splitting, fears of wasted votes and ultimately, winners without majority support--a problem many Montgomery County voters experienced firsthand in the 2018 local elections, when 38 candidates, including 33 Democrats, vied for 4 at-large seats on the County Council.
Fortunately, a remedy for the many ailments of our winner-take-all system exists: ranked choice voting. It’s easy, effective, and proven to work, evidenced by its widespread use and success in cities nationwide, in Maine, at leading colleges and universities, and even The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscar nominees and the Best Picture winner.