Money Talks: It is Time to Pay for Parity

By Maura Reilly on December 17, 2020

This week, Anne Hidalgo, the second-term Mayor of Paris, made history becoming the first French official fined for appointing too many women to management positions within the city administration. In 2018, Hidalgo named eleven women and five men to senior level positions within her administration; with women holding 69% of the positions, Hidalgo failed to adhere to the 2013 national law requiring no single gender make up more than 60% of senior officials.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 11, 2020

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 14, 2020

CAWP____REPORT.jpeg

Our friends at the Center for American Women and Politics released a new report this week on the challenges women face raising money to run for governor:

Giving money to politics has not been a regular part of women’s political repertoire. This means that women may have a reduced ability to elect the candidates of their choice and that they are less likely to see their views represented in public policy. 
 
Gender as a category, in interaction with race and class, has structured opportunities for educational attainment, access to occupation and income, and family responsibilities throughout U.S. history. On average, women earn less and are less wealthy than men. As a result, women lag behind men in the personal resources that can fuel their political participation.3 Resource disparities are particularly acute for women of color, who are usually disadvantaged by their location at the intersection of gender, race, and class inequalities.

Read more

It's time, the U.S. must take active steps toward gender parity

By RepresentWomen by on December 11, 2020

By Alise Blūma and Kaycie Goral

The United States is failing women:

  1. As of October 2020, the United States ranked 87th out of 193 countries in women's representation. Twenty years ago, we ranked 48th. 
  2. As of January,  women will make up less than one-third of the U.S. Congress
  3. And at our current rate of improvement, estimates suggest it will be more than a century before gender parity among our elected officials is achieved.

Read more

How much money did it take to win as a woman this year?

By Maura Reilly on December 10, 2020

During the 2020 Congressional election, the campaign costs broke records once again, increasing from the $5.72 billion spent in 2018 to an estimated $7.52 billion in 2020; and, the cost of running as a non-incumbent woman was no different. A total of $443 million was spent by the 229 non-incumbent women candidates during the 2020 Congressional election cycle; only 27 have won and will be members of the 117th Congress.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation December 4, 2020

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 04, 2020

IMG_5208.jpg

A mother greets her daughters at their school in Tulsa on Nov. 9. (Mike Simons/AP)

 
Dear fans of women's representation,
Melinda Gates, who has demonstrated her dedication to advancing women's representation & leadership by funding the Equality Can't Wait Challenge, has written a powerful Op-Ed in The Washington Post calling on president-elect Biden to "make caregiving a presidential priority" because inequities that women are facing pre-date the pandemic and will continue unless intentional action is taken to address them:

The coronavirus has laid bare what was painfully clear to many families already: The caregiving system in the United States is broken, and it is women who are paying the price.

Even before the pandemic began, child-care and long-term care solutions were often unaffordable and inaccessible, and women were filling the gaps at tremendous cost to their own economic potential.

Now, with child-care centers closed, schools operating remotely and families caring for sick adults and aging parents at home, what was previously untenable has become almost impossible — especially for single mothers, essential workers and others working low-wage jobs with unpredictable hours.

Read more

Don’t ovary-act, but we need better women’s representation

By Bobbie Bell on November 30, 2020

While the U.S. celebrates our first ever woman Vice President, Kamala Harris, and a record number of women and women of color in the 117th Congress, gender parity and equality continues to be out of reach. RepresentWomen’s 2020 Gender Parity Index shows the more detailed and complex truth about women’s political representation in the United States. A truth that shows while the media celebrates historic wins for women, representation and legislative power continues to lag across the country.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 27, 2020

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 27, 2020

RW_FB_Ad_Campaign_Options__(1).png

Dear friends,
I am grateful for the work that you are doing to advance women's representation and for the chance to work with the small but mighty team at RepresentWomen. I know that there are many important causes to support this holiday giving season but I do hope that you will consider a donation to support our research and advocacy to elect more women to office faster! We have lots of fun plans for 2021 - here is a sample of our 2020 projects:
  • PACs and Donors, Summer 2020: [LINK] - our 2020 PACs and Donors Report reviews the campaign finance data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics with a gender lens. While political scientists may dispute the impact of campaign finance on election outcomes, we argue that anyone who followed the 2020 primaries should be able to see that the viability of a candidate is often measured by her ability to raise funds.

  • PACs and Donors Case Studies [LINK] - our PACs and Donors Case Studies provide additional insight into the giving patterns of twenty-eight membership PACs across seven sectors. Our deep-dives include the breakdown of donations by both the gender and party of candidates in the 2018 midterm elections.
  • Ranked Choice Voting Report, Summer 2020 [LINK] -
    this report provides a thorough review of ranked choice voting in the U.S. and how it impacts women’s representation in the cities that have implemented it. Between 2010 and April 2020, 19 jurisdictions used RCV to elect sitting city officials, including 13 mayors and city councilmembers in 14 jurisdictions. Over the last decade, women have won 48% of all municipal ranked choice elections.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 20, 2020

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 20, 2020

TWTR_Blog_Anniversary_.png

Dear friends,

Five years ago, to the day, I started publishing this blog with the goal of amplifying the great work that all of you are doing to advance women's representation and leadership in the United States. Along the way I had the great fortune to meet and share the stories of women's representation advocates from Europe - on a terrific trip to Brussels organized by Brenda Choresi Carter; democracy activists in India & Nepal - via a partnership with the U.S. State Department; and parliamentarians from around the world who gathered for the Inter-Parliamentary Union Summit in Serbia last fall. 
Each week I try to include timely news about women's representation in the United States, articles about efforts to increase women's representation around the world via institutional strategies like gender quotas & proportional voting systems, the latest research on women's representation & leadership, and events that may be of interest. As always, please send me anything you would like included in the months and years to come.

Read more

Meet the Team: Sara

By RepresentWomen by on November 17, 2020

Sara Ahmed is a freshman at American University with an intended major in Political Science and Sociology. Being a communications intern at Represent Women has helped her put her passion for gender equality, specifically in the political field, into action. She hopes to work on campaigns where women of color who look like her are running for public office in the future. Sara enjoys trying different places to eat and watching psychological thrillers in her free time.

Read more

Meet the Team: Sarika

By Sarika Walia on November 17, 2020

My name is Sarika Walia, I am currently a senior Public Health Sciences major at the University of Maryland and am matriculating into an accelerated Master’s program in Health Equity this coming summer. I have worked in advocacy my whole life, creating the first Students for Social Justice Club at my high school, helping organize protests in D.C. and involving myself in research that focuses on women and cardiovascular health since most breakthroughs have been focused on men for the past century. Once I finish my Master’s, I hope to work on Women’s reproductive health in developing countries like India. 

Read more