RepresentWomen's Vision

A thriving democracy is within our reach, and together, we can make it a reality.

We must level the playing field for women candidates of all backgrounds to run, win, and lead. 

Electing more women will strengthen our democracy by better representing its rich diversity, reviving bipartisanship, improving policy outcomes, encouraging a new style of leadership, and cultivating trust in our elected bodies.


Join us in turning public passion for gender parity into action and results

The Path to Gender Parity

The U.S. ranks behind 98 nations for women's representation, with women making up a quarter or less of every level of government. Yet progress is possible. With the momentum of a growing movement pushing us forward, we can win gender parity in our lifetimes - but only with new strategies that target the structural causes of women’s underrepresentation.

Women Running

Women Running

Recruitment Targets

Women Winning

Women Winning

Electoral Reform

Women Leading

Women Leading

Fairer Legislative Practices

Where Does Your State Rank?

Find out where your state ranks in the Gender Parity Index – the baseline to show progress toward parity in the states.

RepresentWomen Blog

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 16, 2018

Posted on March 16, 2018

Last Saturday, The Hill ran my piece entitled "Congress, like Hollywood, has a female representation problem" which I wrote to encourage a conversation about concrete steps that we should be taking to advance women's representation and leadership that will lead us to parity in our lifetimes - not in some distant century or millennium. Judging from the comments on the piece not everyone agrees with my proposals but I am hoping those of you on this listserv will read the piece and let me know what you think! Here is an excerpt:

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Congress, like Hollywood, has a female representation problem

Posted on March 10, 2018

Frances McDormand ended her Best Actress acceptance speech on Sunday night with a phrase so new to people that it immediately spiked on Google, trended on Twitter and became the top search of the night on "I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentlemen: inclusion rider,” she said. What is an inclusion rider? Essentially, it’s a clause that actors and actresses could include into movie contracts that insisted on fair representation of women and people of color, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation March 9, 2018

Posted on March 09, 2018

This week millions of women and men around the world celebrated International Women's Day. I learned from Wikipedia that IWD is considered an official state holiday in over 40 countries and that people across the globe honor the women in their lives with small gifts or flowers. This week also marked the launch of ReflectUS - the coalition of women's organizations that includes RepresentWomen, LatinasRepresent, She Should Run, Empowered Women, IGNITE, VoteRunLead, Highter Heights, and Women Influencers - that are working together to test and advance new strategies to win gender parity - in our lifetimes! Thanks to all those who could help us celebrate in person!

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