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Women Serving: Legislative rules changes

RepresentWomen imagines a modern governmental workplace where more women office holders can thrive. To achieve this, legislative bodies should enact the following internal process reforms:

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RepresentWomen calls on city, state, and national legislators to reform their internal practices and culture so that women legislators can serve and lead effectively. Erratic work schedules, low pay rates, geographic distance, and unfair leadership selection processes make serving a challenge for many women - especially those caring for children and managing households. Although these reforms would benefit men and women, these issues disproportionately affect women.

Read our 2021 case studies on women serve practices in Nevada and Maryland state legislatures.


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Go to our Resources page for more information, tools, and resources on fairer legislative practices.

RepresentWomen is building relationships with state legislative women’s caucuses to:

  • learn about best practices
  • strategize about opportunities for reform
  • implement systemic solutions to the under-representation of women

Approximately 20 states have either partisan or bipartisan caucuses which promote legislation that will improve the status of women in their state. They also serve as important networking channels for female legislators and as vehicles for reform that make legislative bodies more women-friendly and representative.

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Women Leading: Gender balanced appointment and hiring rules

Even after winning elected office, women face more barriers compared to their male colleagues in serving effectively and being promoted into leadership positions. Elected officials and individuals with hiring power must ensure there are women's voices at the highest levels through gender balanced appointments and replacement mandates and by following the Rankin-Chisolm Rule.

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