Posted on Blog on May 20, 2022
I am back in the Bay Area this week meeting with other supporters of proportional voting to discuss strategies to modernize U.S. House elections with ranked choice voting in districts that elect 3 or more people.
Posted on Blog on May 13, 2022
Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! This week we are celebrating AAPI women leaders and exploring AAPI women's representation. While numbers vary, multiple sources suggest that about 6% of Americans identify as AAPI. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, AAPI women hold the following offices:
SCOTUS Wants Reproductive Rights Left Up to the States—Whose Representatives Are Still Overwhelmingly White and Male
Posted on News Coverage on May 09, 2022
RepresentWomen's founder and executive director, Cynthia Richie Terrell, explains why the Supreme Court leak on Roe vs. Wade is problematic. The underrepresentation of women in congress and in state legislatures makes the directive that state legislatures should hold the decision-making power a complete farce.
Posted on Blog on April 22, 2022
Forty five women have served as governor in the history of the United States including New York's Kathy Hochul who was sworn in on August 24, 2021 just minutes after the former governor stepped down. Hochul is now running for re-election while modeling a new style of leadership in Albany and across the state according to this piece by Jessica Bennett in The New York Times
Posted on Blog on April 15, 2022
While it has been amazing to read all the stories about the confirmation of Judge Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, Black women continue to be under-represented at all levels of government. There are bright spots - like the NYC Council that is now led by women of color...
Posted on Blog on April 08, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court when Justice Breyer retires at the end of this term. It bears repeating that Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court - of the 115 people to have served just 5 have been women. And while the hearings were at times contentious, 3 Republican senators - all of whom happen to be from states that use ranked choice voting...
Posted on Blog on April 01, 2022
This week RepresentWomen hosted an event with women leaders in NYC including NY Attorney General Letitia James, 21 in 21 CEO Jessica Haller, Hamilton Consulting Group president Katharine Pichardo-Erskine, & NYC councilmembers Crystal Hudson, Carmen De La Rosa, Amanda Farias, & Nantasha Williams.
Posted on News Coverage by on March 29, 2022
Originally published in Ms. Magazine on 2/22/2022. Cynthia Richie Terrell is the founder and executive director of RepresentWomen and a founding board member of the ReflectUS coalition of non-partisan women’s representation organizations. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is the executive director of Ms. partnerships and strategy, and the women and democracy fellow at the Brennan Center. This piece features quotes from 20 women experts in democracy reform to answer two questions: 1) "What is your dream for democracy in the U.S., rooted in the cause for which you advocate?", and 2) "What is something—or a few things—you’re shocked aren’t already common practice in U.S. democracy in 2022?"
Posted on Blog on March 25, 2022
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and was a "model of composure" in the face of "egregious behavior of some on the Republican side" according to The Washington Post editorial board. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin did not mince words in her column on the proceedings and the efforts by some to undermine the nomination of Judge Jackson:
Posted on Blog on March 18, 2022
The inaugural Democracy Solutions Summit hosted by RepresentWomen last week was a big success with 45 amazing women speakers, over 300 participants registered for each day, and over 17,000 views of the landing page for the Summit!