Partner Spotlight: FairVote & Representation2020

It's Time Network. Posted by NationBuilder Support 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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Structural reforms necessary to put more women in office

The Baltimore Sun. Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 28, 2016

The nation may soon wake up to its first-ever woman president and most-ever women senators, but down ballot, the news is not good for women in elected office. At least 44 governors will be men next year, and the U.S rank among all nations for the representation of women has declined from 44th in 1995 to 96th in 2016.

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C-SPAN Classroom

C-SPAN Classroom. Posted by NationBuilder Support on October 24, 2016

This section of the website, developed by our 2015 Summer Teacher Fellows, provides explanations of the various aspects of the election process for candidates vying to become the next President of the United States. Separated into 10 main areas, each topic is supplemented with related video clips, discussion questions, handouts, and culminating activities to reinforce students' learning.

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Women In Politics: Emerge VT Hosts Brattleboro Event

Brattleboro Reformer. Posted by NationBuilder Support on September 16, 2016

According to Representation 2020, a non-partisan organization that works to raise awareness of the under-representation of women in elected office, Vermont ranks 41st among the 50 states in gender parity among elected officials. Only 21 percent of local select board members in Vermont are women, and Vermont is one of only three states never to have sent a woman to the U. S. Congress.

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A Title IX for Women in Politics

The American Prospect. Posted by NationBuilder Support on August 30, 2016

The 2016 Olympics in Rio were both a triumph for American athletes and a tribute to the lasting impact of Title IX. Women made up a majority the 554 American athletes at this year’s Olympics, and brought home fully half of the 121 medals won by U.S. competitors.

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Cultivating the Old Girls Club

US News and World Report. Posted by NationBuilder Support on August 29, 2016

I got a card in the mail last week that I can't stop thinking about. I'd lost a close friend, and Patti Russo wanted me to know that she was thinking about me and hoped I was doing OK. I also got a text from Anne Moses telling me she was there if I needed to talk.Why is this unusual? Because Patti, Anne and I run national political organizations training women to run (Women's Campaign School at Yale, Ignite and Running Start). We are direct competitors, fighting for the same funding, the same publicity and a share of the same demographic.

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19 Women Who Will Make History if Elected to Congress This Year Posted by NationBuilder Support on August 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton has become the first female presidential candidate of a major political party in American history, showing American women and girls that they, too, can one day run for political office and succeed. But she's not the only female politician whose election would be historic. In a Congress that boasts only 19 percent women, over a dozen women from both sides of the aisle could end up breaking barriers if elected in November. Based in part on input from's nonpartisan Representation2020 project, here are 19 women from across the country who would be historic firsts if elected into the House of Representatives or the Senate.

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Women Still Less Likely to Run for Office

Texas Public Radio. Posted by NationBuilder Support on July 28, 2016

Thursday night Hillary Rodham Clinton made U.S. history by becoming the first woman to be nominated for president of a major political party. Many are wondering if Clinton's achievement will have a lasting impact on boosting the number of women holding elected office in America.

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Change the rules to achieve gender parity in politics

The Philadelphia Inquirer. Posted by NationBuilder Support on July 27, 2016

With the convening of the Democratic and Republican Parties, we see greater diversity in their national delegations and leadership than what we currently have in Congress. Women hold less than 20 percent of the seats in the Senate and House, making the United States 95th internationally in the number of women elected to national offices.

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Girls Run the World? Numbers Still Lag for Those With Political Dreams

The Times Picayune. Posted by NationBuilder Support on July 26, 2016

Less than 15 percent of the state's legislators are women. There are currently no women representing Louisiana in statewide elected office. And Louisiana ranks 39th out of 50 states for gender parity when you look at women serving at federal, state and local levels, according to an index by Representation 2020.

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