Replacement Mandates

Replacement Mandates and Gender Balanced Appointments

Elected officials have a profound power to increase the gender and racial diversity in leadership positions through gender balanced appointments and replacement mandates. Committing to diverse appointments to executive cabinets, commissions and vacancies is the fastest way to increase the diversity of our decision-making leaders. 

Presidential and gubernatorial candidates should commit to naming gender balanced and diverse executive cabinets. Fifteen countries, including the United States have nominated gender balanced cabinets; many in a concerted effort to include women's voices at the leadership level. 

As vacancies in elected and appointed positions occur, officials should commit to and uphold replacement mandates, taking gender diversity into consideration when making appointments to fill vacant positions. 


Our partners in advocating for diversity and inclusion in appointed positions include: Inclusive America