How Women Can Become More Politically Engaged

The Girl Power Code. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 27, 2017

The idea for this panel came after the presidential election last year when many women felt a call to action. We had a fabulous roster of speakers including, Erin Villardi, founder and director of VoteRunLead; Rina Shah, political strategist and media commentator; Cynthia Richie Terrell, founder and director of Representation20/20 and co-founder of FairVote; and Tremaine S. Wright, a New York State Assemblywoman serving the 56th District in Brooklyn, NY.

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SXSW Panel: Women's Representation - Five Steps to Gender Parity

Mary Tuma Austin Chronicle. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on March 11, 2017

Privy to a recent conversation among high-level Democratic donors following Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss, former state senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis couldn’t help but feel shocked.

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Why Connecticut should consider ranked choice voting

CT Mirror. Posted by Brittany Stalsburg on December 22, 2016

While voters and political pundits alike are still hashing out what exactly happened on November 8, there is one conclusion about the election that most cannot deny: many voters felt they didn’t have adequate choices.

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Maine Voices: A plan for how women can be represented

The Portland Press Herald. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 11, 2016

While more women of color were just elected to the U.S. House and Senate than ever before, the overall number of women in Congress remains the same, the number of women governors dropped to just five and women’s share of state legislative seats is still under 25 percent. The United States now ranks 99th among nations for the representation of women, a steep decline from 44th in 1995.

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After Hillary women across the country are ready to run - but can they win

Salon. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on December 07, 2016

Cynthia Richie Terrell, director of Representation 2020, argued that we also need systemic solutions. “Structural reforms to the recruitment process and voting systems are fueling efforts to elect more women to office in other countries,” Terrell wrote by email, pointing out that, due to the lack of such reforms, “the U.S. now ranks behind 99 other nations in terms of women’s representation” in politics.

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Beware the Green Mountain Glass Ceiling

Beware the Green Mountain Glass Ceiling. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 24, 2016

In this post-election world where a highly qualified woman lost the presidency to a misogynist bully, and women failed to make meaningful gains nationally in the long quest for gender parity among elected officials, our elected leaders in “progressive Vermont” have much work to do to prove that women in politics in our state are valued as equals.

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Yesterday we were stunned today we organize

FAIR. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 11, 2016

The United States ranks behind 95 countries in women’s representation, and we just aren’t increasing at nearly the same rate as other nations. And that, I think, should be a huge indicator to people who care about reflective representation to pay attention to what those other countries are doing and to think, wow, are there some systems approaches that we could be employing in the United States to correct that imbalance?

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Hillary's Win Alone Wouldn't Revolutionize Women in Politics

The Establishment. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 07, 2016

I’ll be honest: When I heard that battle cry from Hillary Clinton after her nomination as the first female presidential nominee of a major party, I rolled my eyes. It’s just instinct at this point. For me—and, I suspect, other non-Americans looking in—I’ve never been sure why barriers to political leadership in the United States are inherently harder, or its office is inherently higher, than similar roles in the United Kingdom, Pakistan, or Argentina. The whole “highest, hardest glass ceiling” thing rings as hollow to me as when Clinton says “America is great, because America is good.”

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Where are the women in Pennsylvania?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Posted by Cynthia Richie Terrell on November 06, 2016

By Cynthia Terrell The nation may soon wake up to its first woman president and a record number of women senators, but down ballot, the news is not good for women in elected office. At least 44 of our 50 governors will be men next year, and the U.S. standing among all nations for representation of women has declined from 44th in 1995 to 96th in 2016. In Pennsylvania, very little progress has been made despite political party policies aimed at achieving gender parity.

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