Gender Quotas

Global Practices & System Strategies

Posted on By The Numbers - Global on October 29, 2021

Starting in 2020, the RepresentWomen team has been drafting in-depth research on the status of women's representation in different parts of the world. In October 2021, the team released the first installment of this ongoing series, the Post-Soviet Brief. The second brief in this series, the Arab State Brief, was released December 2021. The latest edition to this series, the Latin America Brief, was launched in April 2022. Stay tuned for more releases in this series through 2022 and 2023. To learn more about our international research, please read our 2020 report, "Achieving Gender Parity: Systems Strategies Around the World." 

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Latin America Brief

Shared April 2022

RepresentWomen's Latin America Brief reviews the history and impact of gender quotas and other systems-based reforms in Latin American countries. While many of the highest-ranking countries in the world for gender parity in parliament are based in Latin America, our research shows that each country's individual rate of success varies according to the design of these systems.

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Arab State Brief

Shared December 2021

RepresentWomen's Arab State Brief reviews the extent to which women are represented in Arab countries, the history of Arab independence and revolutions - and their impact on women's rights and representation; and country-specific information that covers the history of systems reforms and their impact on women's political rights and representation in the region.

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Post-Soviet Brief

Shared October 2021

RepresentWomen's Post-Soviet Brief covers how well women are represented in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in 15 post-Soviet countries; the role of institutions, rules, and election systems in shaping outcomes for women in each country; and country-specific information that covers the role grassroots women's movements and civil society organizations in advancing the rights of women and girls in the region.

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Argentina Proves the Importance of Representation and Social Activism

Posted on Blog on March 24, 2021

The recent legalization of abortion in Argentina affirmed its position as a regional leader in progressive social policy and underscored the importance of women politicians in these legislative advances. The success of this progressive legislation comes after the coalescence of the feminist civil society movement and the growing numbers of women legislators.

Political Parties

Posted on Women Run on March 12, 2021

Political parties and leadership have a decisive role to play in improving the gender diversity of our elected officials. As political gatekeepers political parties must take action and implement recruitment targets so more women run for office. Want to learn more about how political parties can impact women running? Look through our research here

Party Rules

Posted on Changemaker Strategies on June 23, 2020

Since women earned the right to vote 100 years ago, political parties have been looking for ways to engage women in the political process. Both the Democratic and Republican national parties have enacted gender balance rules to attempt to achieve gender parity amongst their state delegates to national conventions. Following these national policies, some state parties have established guidelines for choosing who to send to their state conventions, requiring gender balance at local levels. The team at RepresentWomen has worked with the pro-bono team at Hogan Lovells to research each state party’s rules. The visuals are based on that research. The brief below explores the history and the constitutionality of these rules

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Weekend Reading on Women's Representation June 19, 2020

Posted on Blog on June 19, 2020

On June 19th 1865, Major General Gordon Granger led Union soldiers into Galveston Texas and brought with him the news of the end of the Civil War and the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation and formally ended slavery in the United States, the legal end of slavery was finally upheld across the country. A year following Granger’s proclamation, the anniversary of what had become known as Juneteenth took place for the first time. The Juneteenth celebration which focused on the community of the formerly enslaved peoples in Texas continued to spread and grow over the following years. Widespread celebrations of Juneteenth continued until the early 20th century. Economic downturn coupled with a lack of public education and awareness of the lag between the formal end to slavery and the enforcement of Lincoln’s executive order across the country resulted in decline in the celebrations of Juneteenth.

Weekend Reading on Women's Representation May 29, 2020

Posted on Blog on May 29, 2020

As readers may remember, jurisdictions with ranked choice voting are electing more women to office for both executive and legislative offices than the norm in non-RCV cities. There have been some very successful uses of ranked choice voting this year by both major parties for primaries and party elections but the biggest news is that Massachusetts is well on its way to becoming the 2nd state to adopt RCV. If you care about democracy read this good piece in The Fulcrum about the effort and if you live in Massachusetts please sign the petition: