There's a Better Way to Elect House Members

There's a Better Way to Elect House Members. Posted by NationBuilder Support on November 01, 2019

Representative Don Beyer of Virginia has proposed a plan for ranked-choice voting that would make the U.S. House less partisan and more representative for all. Imagine being a Democrat this November, the morning after this year’s midterm elections. And imagine your heart sinking: Republican gerrymanders held well in key states, and despite making more than a dozen gains, Democrats have failed to take the House.

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Women Still Underrepresented in Elected Office at All Levels of Government, Report Says

Women Still Underrepresented in Elected Office at All Levels of Government, Report Says. Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 31, 2019

By Kate Elizabeth Queram, Staff Correspondent  Despite gains in the 2018 midterm election, women remain a minority across all levels of government, according to data released this week. The 2019 Gender Parity Index, released annually by Maryland-based nonprofit RepresentWomen, found that “women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes in recruitment, electoral, and legislative rules.”

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Report: Michigan vaults to the 6th - best state for women in office

Report: Michigan vaults to the 6th - best state for women in office . Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 30, 2019

By Susan J. Demas In 2018, Michigan racked up national headlines for electing three women to top statewide offices: Gretchen Whitmer as governor, Dana Nessel as attorney general and Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state. That’s one reason why the Mitten State is now the sixth-best state in the nation for women in office, according to the 2019 Gender Parity Index from the Takoma Park, Md.-based group RepresentWomen.

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As the nation elects more women to office, the Equality state falls behind

As the nation elects more women to office, the Equality State falls behind. Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 14, 2019

In the 1980s and ‘90s, few states elected more women to public office than Wyoming did. While women still made up a significant minority of the state’s male-dominated state Legislature, Wyoming ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for the proportion of women it elected to serve in the capital each year. At the same time, 1995 saw Wyoming elect its first female congresswoman – Barbara Cubin – following up with two additional women in longtime state lawmaker Cynthia Lummis and the Equality State’s current Congresswoman, Liz Cheney.

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Connecticut receives a D for gender parity in government

Connecticut receives a D for gender parity in government . Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 08, 2019

Ella T. Grasso made history in 1974 as the first woman elected governor in her own right but Connecticut now lags behind other states when it comes to gender parity in elective office. A non-partisan group that tracks female representation in government gives the state a D for the number of women serving in local, state and federal positions.

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How to close the massive gender gap in Congress

How to close the massive gender gap in Congress. Posted by NationBuilder Support on August 14, 2019

Women's lives improve when government is more inclusive. So let's do this already.  Rep. Cheri Bustos, the Illinois lawmaker who is charged with ensuring House Democrats hold on to their majority, had some brutally honest words for a 20-something woman asking when Congress might see gender parity. “Probably in your lifetime, not mine,” Bustos, a 57-year-old Congress member in her fourth term, said during a March event. At the gathering, hosted by the Wing in Washington, DC, Bustos spoke at length about the need to recruit more women to the Democratic Party (she’d like to get to set a new record in the House, building on the 89 who are currently serving) while recognizing just how many challenges remain.

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RepresentWomen's Cynthia Richie Terrell on How American Women Can Win at the Ballot Box

RepresentWomen's Cynthia Richie Terrell on How American Women Can Win at the Ballot Box. Posted by NationBuilder Support on July 11, 2019

By Lindsey Ellefson The electoral system is rigged against women in the U.S., Cynthia Terrell, founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, said Thursday at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, D.C. While noting that the U.S. continues to lag far behind other countries worldwide in female representation in elected office, Terrell said that there are concrete steps that can be taken to correct the situation.

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A Better Way to Honor Women's History Month

A Better Way to Honor Women's History Month. Posted by NationBuilder Support on March 30, 2019

Sojourner Truth didn’t deliver her iconic “Ain’t I a Woman?” address for the sake of an inspirational Instagram post. Susan B. Anthony didn’t champion women’s voting rights for a special museum exhibit. A women-themed happy hour was hardly the motivation for Sacagawea’s dangerous trek across the country with Lewis and Clark.

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Stronger together, Pa.'s 'Fab Four' women lawmakers make their mark on Capitol Hill

Stronger together, Pa.'s 'Fab Four' women lawmakers make their mark on Capitol Hill. Posted by NationBuilder Support on February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON — Last fall, four women from Pennsylvania won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, breaking up the state’s all-male congressional delegation and making history in the process. The women, all Democrats, supported each other along the way, holding joint fundraisers, meeting up for margaritas, and consulting each other about how to manage joint media appearances — discussing everything from what to say to what to wear. They’re called the “Fab Four.” 

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A Turning Tide

Business Post. Posted by NationBuilder Support on August 19, 2018

The developments are to be welcomed, but with the right amount of scrutiny, according to Cynthia Richie Terrell, the founder and director of RepresentWomen, a nonpartisan organisation that works to advance female representation in appointed and elected office. “I would say this year definitely feels different,” she says. “But there’s a caveat.” Terrell used as an explanatory crutch the ‘excalibur’ scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (“Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!”). “Like the handing out of swords, resignation by men due to predatory sexual behaviour and other scandals, leaving openings for women, cannot be the basis of our revolution,” she says with a small laugh.

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