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November 26, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM A leading Muslim organization will train women for leadership roles in mosques. Muslim women in Britain often lack representation in mosque leadership, and more than a quarter of mosques do not provide prayer facilities for women. The Muslim Council of Britain aims to increase the number of women leaders in mosques by providing public speaking training, mentoring, and trips to exemplary mosques. Overall, the number of campaigns within the British Muslim community that are working to promote social equality for women has increased. THE GUARDIAN UNITED STATES In this year's midterm elections, voters passed several measures to strengthen voting rights and end gerrymandering. Michigan, Colorado, and Missouri all voted for initiatives that would reduce gerrymandering and use nonpartisan methods to redraw voting districts; those initiatives had bipartisan support. In Nevada, a new automatic registration initiative passed, and Maryland approved a measure that will allow people to register to vote on election day. In Florida, 1.4 million ex-felons will have their voting rights restored. And Michigan made a number of improvements to its election system, including automatic registration and no-excuse absentee ballots. MOTHER JONES POINTS OF PROGRESS Gender parity Gender parity rises at US firms rises at US firms Legal and cultural changes have increased leadership by women When California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this fall requiring publicly Brown signed a bill this fall requiring publicly owned companies to have female representation owned companies to have female representation on their boards, he also wrote a letter. "There on their boards, he also wrote a letter. "There have been numerous objections to this bill and have been numerous objections to this bill and serious legal concerns have been raised," he serious legal concerns have been raised," he wrote. "Nevertheless, recent events in Wash wrote. "Nevertheless, recent events in Wash - ington, D.C. – and beyond – make it crystal ington, D.C. – and beyond – make it crystal clear that many are not getting the message." clear that many are not getting the message." The letter was copied The letter was copied to the US Senate Judiciary to the US Senate Judiciary Committee and dated Sept. Committee and dated Sept. 30 – just a few days after 30 – just a few days after the committee advanced the committee advanced the nomination of Judge the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court despite al Supreme Court despite al - legations of sexual assault. legations of sexual assault. Governor Brown had made his opinion known: Governor Brown had made his opinion known: Women's rights needed to advance faster. Women's rights needed to advance faster. Written by Democratic state Sen. Han Written by Democratic state Sen. Han - nah-Beth Jackson, the new law makes Cali- nah-Beth Jackson, the new law makes Cali- fornia the first state in the nation to mandate a fornia the first state in the nation to mandate a female quota on corporate boards and under female quota on corporate boards and under - scores a global movement toward bringing more scores a global movement toward bringing more women into corner offices. In parts of Europe, women into corner offices. In parts of Europe, such as Norway, Iceland, and France, gender such as Norway, Iceland, and France, gender quotas of 30 to 40 percent were signed into law quotas of 30 to 40 percent were signed into law years ago, resulting in a spike of female repre years ago, resulting in a spike of female repre - sentation – in some countries, to near parity. sentation – in some countries, to near parity. In the United States, the growth has been In the United States, the growth has been slower but steady: The percentage of women slower but steady: The percentage of women holding Fortune 500 board seats increased from holding Fortune 500 board seats increased from 15.7 percent to 20.2 percent between 2010 and 15.7 percent to 20.2 percent between 2010 and 2016, according to a report from the consult 2016, according to a report from the consult - ing firm Deloitte. And women accounted for a ing firm Deloitte. And women accounted for a record 38.8 percent of newly hired directors at record 38.8 percent of newly hired directors at Fortune 500 companies in 2017. Fortune 500 companies in 2017. Achieving gender parity on boards and in Achieving gender parity on boards and in upper management is also linked to the success upper management is also linked to the success of businesses, studies have found. Companies of businesses, studies have found. Companies with a higher representation of women in se with a higher representation of women in se - nior management positions financially outper- nior management positions financially outper- IN 2017, WOMEN ACCOUNTED FOR A RECORD HIGH 38.8 PERCENT OF NEW DIRECTORS AT FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES. V SEE PAGE 20 PEOPLE GATHER AROUND THE BEN & JERRY'S 'YES ON 4' TRUCK IN MIAMI. AP

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