Our research informs us that women are underrepresented at every level of government in the United States, and that the United States as a whole lags behind 75 other countries in terms of women's representation at the national level. Although it is true that more women are running and winning elections in the U.S. than ever before, our research shows that these victories have not been evenly spread across the racial, ideological, and geographic spectrum of the United States. Until we change the systems that still bar most women from entering and remaining in politics, we will not achieve gender parity within our lifetimes.
In 2020, we are celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, but existing strategies to increase the number of women in government have only gotten us less than halfway to parity. We cannot wait another 100 years to reach gender parity in elected office. Now is the time to advance new and bold systems-based strategies that will target the barriers women face at every stage of the electoral process. The following projects were designed for implementation in 2020, are backed by our research and data, and will bring us several steps closer to the longer-term goals we've outlined in our solutions.