A deeper look reveals stark differences in the rate at which different political parties and regions of the country elect women. The number of elected women serving in the House of Representatives has increased just nine percent in the last 25 years while women’s representation in the Senate has increased by 13 percent. Women’s representation in state legislatures has grown by only 4% over that same time period and the representation of women as mayors and on city councils is under 20 percent.
Research confirms that structural reforms - which complement current strategies - are one of the main reasons that 100 nations are electing more women than the U.S.
Title IX leveled the playing field for girls and women in education & athletics while the Voting Rights Act addressed systems that disadvantaged people of color. Republicans led the way nearly 100 years ago to enact gender quotas for their state and national party committees as well as convention delegates from many states, with the Democrats following suit. The common thread is that we addressed inequality by changing the rules and laws - not by expecting individuals to change.