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Patrick Semansky, Steven Senne, J. Scott Applewhite, Kiichiro Sato / AP

In the U.S., women hold less than a quarter of elected positions, making it the 101st country in the world for governmental gender equality, according to Politico. Women are actually just as likely to win an election as men, but are far less likely to run.

What doesn't matter: Studies have shown fundraising inequality, sexism in the media and among voters, and unyielding party bureaucracies do not contribute to the lack of women in office, Politico reports.

What does matter: Women aren't as interested in pursuing a political career. There are almost twice as many men who consider running for office than women — 20% of GOP women to 41% GOP men, and 24% Democrat women to 35% Democrat men.

Good news: After the election, there was a 75% increase in women filing to run for the Virginia Legislature and a 25% increase in New Jersey. Organizations that help promote women running for office have reported impressive increases as well. But... in a Politico poll after the election, women were still 15% less likely to say they would run for office than men.

Suggested solutions:

  1. A survey by the Women and Politics Institute at American University found that women were less likely to receive encouragement to pursue politics from teachers, parents, friends, spouses, etc. than men. That should change.
  2. School boards are the most likely place for women to be running for and working in elected positions. Recruiters should search there.
  3. Women tend to pursue office for different reasons than men. Political party recruiters should therefore change their pitches to women reflect how politics can be used to solve problems.

Go deeper: For more on how women view politics differently than men, and ways to fix the gender gap, read Politico's piece, here.

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Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
50 mins ago - Economy & Business

How the tech stock selloff is hurting average Americans

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Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Investors holding the ultra-popular Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 index funds have been hard hit over the last two weeks as tech shares have been roiled by rising U.S. Treasury yields.

Why it matters: Even though the economy is growing and many U.S. stocks are performing well, most investors are seeing their wealth decline because major indexes no longer reflect the overall economy or even a broad swath of public companies — they reflect the performance of a few of the country's biggest companies.

1 hour ago - World

UN rights chief: At least 54 killed, 1,700 detained since Myanmar coup

A Feb. 7 protest in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images

Police and military officers in Myanmar have killed at least 54 people during anti-coup protests, while "arbitrarily" detaining over 1,700 people, United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said Thursday.

Why it matters: Protesters have demonstrating across Myanmar for nearly a month, demanding the restoration of democracy after the country's military leaders overthrew its democratically elected government on Feb. 1.

3 hours ago - Health

The danger of a fourth wave

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Anomalous Arkansas case data from Feb. 28 was not included in the calculated change; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The U.S. may be on the verge of another surge in coronavirus cases, despite weeks of good news.

The big picture: Nationwide, progress against the virus has stalled. And some states are ditching their most important public safety measures even as their outbreaks are getting worse.