Thank You

Thank you so much for your donation to RepresentWomen.

Your contribution will be used to support RepresentWomen's work to advance gender balance in elected office through systems reforms that enable more women to run, win, serve, and lead.

Follow our work on social media via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Medium and keep an eye out for RepresentWomen data and analysis on traditional news media sources as well.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our work.

Many thanks,




#Women to Watch on September 4th

By Evelien van Gelderen by on August 17, 2018

#WomenToWatch is a series by RepresentWomen that documents rising women leaders and their stories.

Ayanna Pressley’s campaign message is simple: “Change Can't Wait." Pressley, a 44-year old African American woman, was the first black female Boston City Council member. She is running in the Massachusetts Democratic primaries on September 4th to represent the state’s 7th Congressional District. She will be up against incumbent Representative Mike Capuano, who has held the seat for the past 20 years.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 10, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 10, 2018


Dear all,

Once again I am racing out the door - this time to a Rank Your Favorite Beer event nearby which should be fun! Ranked choice voting advocates have been introducing voters to ranked ballots with events like this across the country! Pie tastings work nicely too! The Boston Globe wrote a terrific editorial in favor of ranked choice voting this week - fueling even greater momentum for this reform that elects more women to office and is far more democratic than limiting all races to two candidates - which seems to be the other option if we care about majority rule, and I believe we are a group who cares about majority rule in all senses of the phrase!

Read more

#WomenToWatch on August 11

By Katie Pruitt by on August 10, 2018

#WomenToWatch is a series by RepresentWomen that documents rising women leaders and their stories.

A lot has changed for Beth Fukumoto in the past year. At the start of 2017, Beth Fukumoto was the top-ranking Republican in the Hawaii State House of Representatives. Fukumoto is of Japanese descent and was hailed in several publications as a leader of the changing face of the right. Tomorrow, she is running to become the Democratic nominee in Hawaii’s 1st congressional district. What hasn’t changed, though, is her passion for gender parity in government.

Read more

Interview with Michelle Whittaker

By Evelien van Gelderen by on August 07, 2018

The RepresentWomen interns spoke with Michelle Whittaker, the Communications Manager for Manna Food Center and former Communications/Digital Media Director at Democracy Initiative, last week. Whittaker was previously the Director of Communications at FairVote, where she worked on electoral system reforms such as ranked choice voting. She also worked as the Communications and New Media Director for the General Board of Church and Society, an agency of The United Methodist Church. She recently ran Brandy Brooks’ campaign for an At-Large County Council seat in Montgomery County, MD.

Read more

Primary Recap: Tennessee

By barbara turnbull by on August 03, 2018

Though hundreds of women are running and winning in 2018’s Congressional primaries, Republican women are strikingly underrepresented: just 17 percent of women nominees so far this cycle are Republicans. Prior to yesterday’s primary, Tennessee was widely considered to be an exception to this “rule”, with several experienced and well-known Republican women running for House, Senate, and Governor. The state has never elected a woman Governor or Senator.


Read more

#WomentoWatch on August 7

By Evelien van Gelderen by on August 03, 2018

#WomenToWatch is a series by RepresentWomen that documents rising women leaders and their stories.

If Sharice Davids wins the Democratic primary for her district, Kansas 3rd, she could go on to be the first female Native American to serve in Congress and the first openly gay Kansas representative.

Davids, the daughter of a single Army mother, grew up on various military bases across the country. She went on to earn a law degree from Cornell, and served as a White House fellow during President Obama’s final year in office. The 37-year-old is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin and a former MMA fighter.

Read more

Where Is the Data on Judicial Representation?

By Katie Pruitt by on August 03, 2018

















San Francisco Superior Court Judges. California is the only state that collects data on minority representation, women's representation, and LGBTQIA+ representation on the bench. Source: Superior Court of California

This post is part of the Balanced Bench project, our ongoing project about representation in the state judiciary. Read our first post about why diversity on the state bench matters here.

In 2016, Tracey E. George and Albert H. Yoon, in conjunction with the American Constitution Society, published a study titled “The Gavel Gap” that found that 69.8% of state judges were men and 80.4% were white. In order to get this data, George, Yoon, and a team of research assistants spent over a year combing through federal court websites, press releases, newspapers, and other resources to create a database of over 10,000 state judges’ biographies. Despite this extensive effort, the finished database is still incomplete. They were unable to find data on the race of about 5% of judges. This database also excludes the nearly 20,000 judges who sit on local and special jurisdiction courts. Furthermore, the database also only reflects the makeup of the bench in 2014; many judges have inevitably retired or been voted out of office in the past four years.

Read more

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 2, 2018

By Cynthia Richie Terrell on August 02, 2018


I am writing to you on a Thursday again because we are dashing off to our beloved cabin in the Pine Barrens tonight to spend 36 hours with all three of our children after my husband testifies to the NYC Charter Commission about the merits of Ranked Choice Voting which most New Yorkers call Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Implementing IRV in NYC will save taxpayers millions of dollars by eliminating costly/low participation runoff elections. IRV/RCV will also help to increase turnout & civility, and fuel the election of women & people of color.
If you are a New Yorker please visit the new FairVoteNY website to learn how to contact your council member and the mayor and ask them to support Instant Runoff Voting! It'd be great if you would also sign the petition and follow FairVoteNY on Facebook, on Twitter, & on Instagram!

Read more

Indigenous Women's Representation

By Izzy Allum on August 02, 2018


By Izzy Allum

With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching, American politics are once again in the spotlight. However, one area of American politics that has long being left in the shadows is the sovereign Native-American governments housed within our country. Native-American tribes, or “nations,” have separate, federally recognized governments, and they have the right to pass their own laws and run their own courts. For decades, the political representation of women and how to increase it has been extensively studied and discussed, but little research has been done on the representation of women in Native-American tribal governments. In an attempt to begin filling in this missing data, RepresentWomen has begun looking into the legislative and judicial branches of thirteen tribal governments.

Read more

Interview with Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

By Evelien van Gelderen by on August 02, 2018


The RepresentWomen interns spoke with Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf on Tuesday. Elizabeth “Libby” Schaaf was elected the Mayor of Oakland, California in 2014 in a ranked choice voting election. Schaaf was born and raised in Oakland and has long been involved in volunteerism in her community. She co-founded Oakland Cares, a non-profit dedicated to organizing volunteer and community projects. A Loyola Law School graduate, Schaaf worked as a legislative aid for former mayor Jerry Brown and served on the Oakland City Council. As mayor, Schaaf has focused on improving education, reducing homelessness, and improving community safety. In 2016, she launched the Oakland Promise, an education initiative aiming to triple the number of college graduates from Oakland by 2025.

Read more