3/24/2022 by JENNIFER WEISS-WOLF
We cannot expect to measure the ebb and flow of a truly inclusive democracy without first looking to gender equity. Women’s rights have been the canary in the coal mine all along.
This article was originally published by the Brennan Center.
Last fall, the United States was included for the first time on the annual list of backsliding democracies published by the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Broadly defined as those exhibiting “gradual but significant weakening of checks on government and civil liberties,” backsliding democracies are measured by categories including representative government, impartial administration and participatory engagement. The European think tank reported that the United States shows significant lapses in effective legislative bodies and freedoms of expression and assembly.
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