We Need to Do More Than Fix the Pipeline to Get Parity for Women in Office

The Nation. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on June 19, 2015

Without Title IX, women athletes would not have had the opportunities that they do today. We need a similar movement for women candidates. Nearly a century after gaining national suffrage rights, American women represent a majority of voters, yet women represent less than a quarter of state legislators, a fifth of members of Congress, and an eighth of governors.

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No Taxation Without (Proportional) Representation

Sightline Institute. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on May 19, 2015

The United States ranks 94th and Canada 60th in the world for female representation because less than 20 percent of Congressional seats and only a quarter of parliamentary seats are held by women. Of Oregon’s seven Congressional members, only one is a woman.

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Notes from the Capitol

Richmond Times Dispatch. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on April 25, 2015

In December 2013, a group called Representation 2020 ranked Virginia last among the 50 states in gender parity, its measure of how well women are represented in elective office.

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Women Misrepresented In Politics

Women Misrepresented In Politics. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 07, 2015

Since Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were barred from attending the World Anti-Slavery Convention in 1840, women in politics have made much progress. However, many still say that women haven’t come far enough in terms of equality.

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26 Stats About Women in Government

GovFem. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on January 21, 2015

To give you a better idea of what the landscape looks like for women, we compiled the following 26 facts and figures about female representation in all levels of government.

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There Are No Women In Congress From Mississippi, And It's The Only State That's Never Done It

Bustle. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 05, 2014

The 2014 midterm elections made history in at least one state. In Iowa, Republican Joni Ernst beat Democrat Bruce Braley to become the first woman to be elected as governor or federal office in the Hawkeye State. That means that there is only one state left that hasn't broken the gender glass ceiling: Mississippi has never sent a woman to Congress or elected a female governor.

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Vermont Gets Low Marks On Gender Equity In Elective Office

VTDigger. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 10, 2014

Vermont ranks 39th in the nation for gender equality in local, state and national elected office, according to a report published this week by Representation 2020, a national group that promotes women in politics.

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We're Number 39! We're Number 39! We're Number 29!

The Vermont Political Observer. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on October 07, 2014

The survey comes from a group called Representation 2020, which is working toward gender parity in public office. It measured each state by proportion of women in Congressional delegations, statewide elective offices, state legislatures, mayoralties, and county executive positions. (Oops, Vermont doesn’t have any of those.) And it assigned a score to each state, on a scale of 1 to 100. A score of 50 would indicate gender parity.

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