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Data: Center for American Women and Politics; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

At the stroke of midnight Kathy Hochul made history, becoming New York's first female governor. She promised to take a "fresh, collaborative approach" in state government.

Why it matters: The U.S. now has nine serving female state governors — tying a record set in 2004 and matched in 2007 and 2019.

  • It's a notable moment, but still well shy of gender proportionality, AP notes.

The big picture: A century after some women gained the right to voice, 19 states — including Florida, Maryland and Virginia — still have never had a woman governor, according to the Center for American Women and Politics.

Just three women of color have ever served as a state governor.

  • No Black or Native American women have ever held the position.

Of note: Two women — Sila María Calderón and Wanda Vázquez Garced — have served as governors for Puerto Rico and one — Lou Leon Guerrero — has served as governor in Guam, per the CAWP.

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Oct 19, 2021 - Technology

Tarika Barrett: U.S. tech industry must become "more equitable"

Photo: Axios

The technology industry must become more equitable if it intends to solve its diversity problem, Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code, said at an Axios virtual event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Tech companies in the United States face a national reckoning on the lack of diversity in their workforce, with Black representation across Google, Facebook and Microsoft making up less than 7% of the workforce.

Anti-abortion activists' Supreme Court dreams are coming true

Photo illustration: Annelise Capossela. Photos: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

This is the moment the conservative legal movement has been building toward for decades: The solidly conservative Supreme Court is about to hear two major abortion cases within a month of each other.

Why it matters: All of this is likely to end with significant new restrictions on abortion and a clear path for Republican-led states to win the next big abortion cases, too — the culmination of a long and bitter fight for control of the judiciary.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

Trump's volatile return to the stock market

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Data: YCharts; Chart: Axios Visuals 

Donald Trump this week became both a meme stock and a social-media entrepreneur at the same time, by announcing that a new company called Trump Media & Technology Group was going to merge with an existing company listed on the stock market.

Why it matters: The medium-term promise of Trump's media company is that it will replace Twitter for anybody wanting to keep track of Trump's messages. The short-term promise is that it can be a hot new speculative vehicle for people wanting to get rich quick in the stock market.