In 2020 "Women and the Presidency" was published as a chapter in the book The Best Candidate: Presidential Nomination in Polarized Times.
This chapter looks at the women who have run for the presidency and vice presidency of the United States. Some of these women were qualified candidates who were never given a fair shot. Others were people who should never have sought executive office in the first place. After examining this history, this chapter provides a closer examination of the structural barriers that women in the United States face in politics, as well as the innovative strategies that will enable more women to run, win, serve, and lead at all levels of government. These strategies include reforming how women’s campaigns are financed, changing the candidate recruitment rules used by parties, implementing ranked choice voting, and promoting balanced media coverage. The strategies discussed in this chapter are designed to expand the pool of women candidates and to translate that success into the likelihood that a woman will eventually attain the highest office in the land (332).
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Weekend Reading - A weekly roundup of the latest news on women’s representation from RepresentWomen Executive Director Cynthia Richie Terrell and the RepresentWomen team.
Women Running - Gender balanced funding and recruitment targets for PACs and political parties.
Women Winning - Single and multi-winner ranked choice voting and the Fair Representation Act.
Women Serving - Legislative rule changes such as affordable, on-site childcare, living wages for legislators, and proxy voting.
Women Leading - Gender balanced appointment and hiring rules, replacement mandates, and more.
International - Analyzing strategies used abroad to uncover the best practices for improving women’s representation.
Gender Parity Index - Our annual report on the state of women’s representation in all 50 states in the U.S.! States are ranked and given a letter grade for how well women are represented at each level of government.