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By Nina Jaffe-Geffner
on July 28, 2015
This week the Arizona Cardinals announced that they had hired Jen Welter to be their assistant coach during the team’s training camp and preseason. The decision makes her the first woman to hold any type of coaching position in the NFL. Welter has continuously broken barriers to women’s participation in professional sports, attaining a coaching position in February from the Texas Revolution of the Champions Indoor Football league, which made her the first woman to coach in a male professional football league. As the team’s historical decision is just the first step in the process towards gender parity in sports, one begins to consider how the representation of women fares in other fields.
By Amanda Montel
on January 13, 2015
After the 2014 election, the U.S. narrative of women’s representation has focused on the gains that women have achieved this cycle. Because a record number of 104 women have entered Congress this session, media outlets tend to ignore that there is also a trend of backtracking and stagnation in states’ progress toward gender parity in elected office.
By Claire Daviss
on October 22, 2014
In national elected offices, women are severely under-represented. As Representation 2020 (a project of FairVote) highlights, women currently women hold only 18% of U.S. House seats. The 2014 midterm elections are right around the corner, and 160 women are running for seats in the U.S. House. Will the 2014 midterm elections bring the U.S. House closer to gender parity? Using FairVote’s Monopoly Politics 2014 Report, we projected the results for these candidates come November 4th. Here are a few of the highlights.
on September 26, 2014
Our nation’s 100 largest cities have a combined population of more than 61 million, which represents nearly a fifth of all Americans. Representation 2020’s research into representation of women in these city elections has striking implications for the impact of electoral structure on the likelihood of women running and winning. Here are our initial findings.
on July 17, 2014
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights governments are instituted, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed” – Declaration of Sentiments, July 19, 1848
on July 10, 2014
As FairVote has noted before, voters want to elect both men and women. Consequently, a successful political party must be inclusive of both men and women. Unfortunately for the Republican Party, it currently has a problem with women. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost the women's vote by 11%, despite losing the general election by only 4%. President Obama won among single women by an enormous 36%. A recent CNN Poll found that 59% of women feel that the GOP is out of touch with their gender.
By Anthony Ramicone
on May 22, 2014
Oregon's Monica Wehby seeks to increase the number of Republican women in the U.S. Senate
A host of primaries were conducted on May 20, most of which were in states that do a poor job of electing women to political office: Nebraska, West Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Several of these states saw races with strong female candidates who will now progress to the general elections in November.
By Kelly Born
on April 04, 2014
Recently I’ve read a number of articles highlighting how women have helped facilitate compromise and get legislation passed in this cantankerous and uncompromising 113th Congress. One in Time noted that, “with the exception of immigration reform, every major bill passed in this  session [was] authored by a woman.” An article from Brookings quoted Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) as saying that “their female colleagues deserve most of the credit for driving the compromise to reopen the U.S. government.”
By Dania Korkor
on September 27, 2013
Representation of women in the United States Congress lags behind more than 90 nations. It is even worse for governors and mayors: women make up only 10% of our governors and 12% of mayors in our 100 largest cities. The recent New York State mayoral primaries reflect some improvement in women’s representation through municipal leadership, but also highlight a persistent, nationwide problem of a lack of women candidates running for elected offices.
By Devin McCarthy
on August 08, 2013
It is a widely-held belief in political science – and one of the core tenets of Representation 2020 – that multi-member districts help more women get elected. This argument is based on broadly observable correlations, like the fact that the 20 countries with the highest percentages of women in their national legislatures all use multi-member districts, or the fact that six of the ten U.S. states with the highest percentage of women in their state legislatures use at least some multi-member districts. It is also grounded in a sound theoretical idea: that parties will feel pressure to run an equal number of women to men if they are running a slate of candidates, and that voters are likely to vote for candidates of both genders if they have the opportunity to do so.