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The vision

We imagine a healthy 21st-century democracy in the United States, with gender-balanced representation in elected and appointed positions, at every level of government.

Why it matters

Electing more women to government will strengthen our democracy by:

  • making it more representative,
  • reviving bipartisanship and collaboration,
  • improving policy outcomes,
  • encouraging a new style of leadership, and
  • cultivating trust in our elected bodies.

The Challenge

Women make up more than half of the U.S. population, yet the majority of elected and appointed positions in government are held by men. Women face barriers as candidates and as elected officials.

Political insiders control who gets recruited to run for office, partisanship and winner-take-all voting often determines who wins, and antiquated legislative rules impact who can serve and lead.

The problem isn't just convincing more women candidates to run for office. The problem is there are structural and institutional barriers that limit women's odds of success at every stage of the electoral process.

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