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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Partner Spotlight: FairVote & Representation2020

It's Time Network. Posted by Cynthia Terrell on October 31, 2016

It’s Time Network affiliates with innovative, independent thought leaders representing a full spectrum of issues, sectors and lived experiences. One of these leaders is Cynthia Terrell, co-founder of FairVote, a non-partisan reform nonprofit that works to make each voice count in elections at every level by way of structural electoral reforms. Since helping to found FairVote in 1992, Cynthia has been on a mission to find practical ways to advance proportional representation voting methods informed by American, candidate-centered values in order to represent the full spectrum of voters more fairly.

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