Jennifer M. Piscopo


Jennifer regularly writes commentary, analysis, and opinion-editorials for newpapers, magazines, and other popular outlets around the globe.

“Voters prefer decisions made by panels balanced between men and women.” Electoral Reform Society, November 21, 2023. 

“Time to let party leaders know gender balance in politics matters to Canadians.” The Global and Mail, May 20, 2023. 

“Telling women to ‘lean in’ won’t get more of them in politics.” The Toronto Star, September 11, 2022.  Reprinted in The Hill Times.

“In Colombia, an activist, feminist lawyer is running for VP” (co-authored with Julia Zulver). The Washington Post, April 29, 2022.

“Mexico’s political parties did the minimum to meet gender parity rules” (co-authored with Lorena Vázquez Correa). The Washington Post, June 14, 2021.

“Latino Voters: Very Present” Agenda Pública, El País (Spain), November 5, 2020. (Spanish)

“How Women Vote: Separating Myth from Reality,” Smithsonian Magazine, October 6, 2020.

“The Right to be Elected,” Cover essay in The Boston Review, Spring 2020.

    • Translated into Italian by Clarice Santucci for Feminism Translated 

“Moving History Along,” The Boston Review, August 17, 2020.

“After Weeks of Latin American Protests, Expect More Women in Elected Office” (co-authored with Kendall Funk and Magda Hinojosa). The Washington Post, November 6, 2019.

“Women won big in Mexico’s elections” (co-authored with Magda Hinojosa). The Washington Post, July 12, 2018.

Marine Le Pen didn’t win over women. Can anyone on the far right?” (co-authored with Malliga Och). The Conversation, June 21, 2017.

“From the Stoves to the Frontlines: Gender and Populism in Latin America and Western Europe.” Duck of Minerva [political science blog], January 17, 2017.

“How New Zealand and 5 other nations gained majority-female legislatures.” The Washington Post, November 4, 2022.

“Canada’s claims to lead the globe on gender equality in political office ring hollow.” Ottawa Citizen, June 20, 2022. Reposted on Quoi and translated and published in French by Policy Options/Options Politiques.

“Democrats can’t make compromises on abortion and still call themselves champions of women’s rights” (co-authored with Malliga Och), Australian Outlook, May 25, 2022.

“Honduras’ Xiomara Castro ends Latin America’s drought of women presidents.” Australian Outlook, January 13, 2022.

“‘Parity in Everything’: What Mexico Can Teach Us About Women’s Representation.” Ms. Magazine, June 8, 2021.

“Gender and White Supremacist Violence” (co-authored with Elin Bjarnegård). Political Violence at a Glance, January 21, 2021.

“Biden Promised the Most Diverse Cabinet in History. So Where are the Latinas?” (co-authored with Anna Sampaio). The Lily (by The Washington Post), December 29, 2020.

“Being a Woman in Politics Shouldn’t Come with Death Threats.” Ms. Magazine, December 2, 2020.

“When Do Quotas in Politics Work? Latin America Offers Lessons.” Americas Quarterly, October 22, 2020.

“Without Women there is No Democracy” (co-authored with Shauna Shames), The Boston Review, May 20, 2020.

“What the U.S. Can Learn from Mexico on Women’s Issues” (co-authored with Magda Hinojosa), Ms. Magazine, May 19, 2020.

“States of Feminist Resistance: Women Legislators Make a Difference,” Ms. Magazine, April 13, 2020.

“More Women in Mexico’s Foreign Policy” (co-authored with Magda Hinojosa), El Milenio (Mexico), March 7, 2020.  [English]

“The Growing Leadership of Women in Latin America.” Vanguardia Dossier (Spain), July-September 2019 issue. (English version here on p. 125.)

“Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have a problem: They’re all men” (co-authored with Amanda Clayton and Diana Z. O’Brien). The Los Angeles Times, September 26, 2018.

“Bringing Women to the Table in California’s Corporations.” The Gender Policy Report, University of Minnesota, August 21, 2018.

“All Male Panels Erode Citizens’ Perceptions of Democratic Legitimacy.” Midwest Political Science Association, June 19, 2018.

“Female Presidents don’t always help women while in office.” The Conversation, March 8, 2018.

Latin America’s Female Leadership Void.” The New York Times, February 5, 2018.

“Americans don’t like it when men (and only men) make decisions about women” (co-authored with Amanda Clayton and Diana Z. O’Brien). The Washington Post, April 4, 2017.

“L.A. Women Lead the Way” (co-authored with Nancy L. Cohen), Ms. Magazine, March 24, 2017.

“What’s Good for Women and Girls is Good for LA County” (op-ed co-authored with Nancy L. Cohen), The Los Angeles Times, Dec 12, 2016.

“Women Leaders Face Glass Cliff.” University World News, July 8, 2016.

“The case for quotas for women in politics” (co-authored with Magda Hinojosa), Huffington Post UK, November 25, 2013.

“International Women’s Day reminds us that the pandemic hurt gender equality. A lot.” The Washington Post, March 8, 2022.

“To ‘Build Back Better’ from COVID-19, Listen to Women.” World Politics Review, October 13, 2021. [invited in-depth analysis]

“Women Leaders and Superior Covid-19 Performance.” Revista: Harvard Review of Latin American Studies, February 23, 2021.

“To Overcome Women’s Vaccine Skepticism, Take Its Roots Seriously” (co-authored with Susan Franceschet and Shannon Ruzycki). The Gender Policy Report, January 12, 2021.

“Are Women Leaders Better at Fighting the Coronavirus?” (co-authored with Kendall Funk), The Washington Post, August 26, 2020.

“Fighting Covid-19: Gender Gap or Science versus Conspiracy Theories?” Agenda Pública, El País (Spain), June 2, 2020. {Podcast in Spanish / Print article in Spanish / Print article in English}

“How long will Chile’s dissatisfied democrats remain democrats?” Global Americans (cross-posted at BTI Transformation), December 13, 2023. 

“Chile’s Constitutional Chaos” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis), Journal of Democracy, January 2023. 

“How Chile’s constitutional overhaul emboldened the right” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis), Foreign Policy, May 23, 2022.

“Chile’s presidential runoff pits Pinochet supporter against left-wing reformer” (co-authored with Pamela Figueroa Rubio and Peter Siavelis). The Washington Post, December 1, 2021.

“Chile Tries to Write a New Constitution.” Public Seminar, October 13, 2021.

“Chile’s Constitution Writers are Very New to Politics” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis). Americas Quarterly May 20, 2021. [Reprinted in Spanish by La Nación in Argentina.]

“Electing Chile’s Constitutional Convention: Nothing About Us Without Us.” NACLA Report on the Americas, May 12, 2021.

“Chile’s Constitutional Moment” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis). Current History, February 1, 2021.

“Chile Voted to Write a New Constitution” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis). The Washington Post, October 30, 2020.

“Chile puts its constitution on the ballot after year of civil unrest” (co-authored with Peter Siavelis). The Conversation, October 20, 2020.

New Mexican President Needs Big Plans to Keep Voters on his Side.” The Globe Post, July 7, 2018.