Gender Quotas


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation July 14, 2017

Posted on Blog on July 14, 2017

​​Happy Bastille Day! ​​Next week is the 169th anniversary of the gathering at Seneca Falls, NY of abolitionists and suffragists to talk about achieving women's equality. I find the story of that meeting, the issues that were addressed, and the unity they found, incredibly powerful. Here is the text from the Declaration of Sentiments which ends with this clarion call: In entering upon the great work before us, we anticipate no small amount of misconception, misrepresentation, and ridicule; but we shall use every instrumentality within our power to effect our object. We shall employ agents, circulate tracts, petition the State and national Legislatures, and endeavor to enlist the pulpit and the press in our behalf. We hope this Convention will be followed by a series of Conventions, embracing every part of the country.


Women Running

Posted on Our Solutions on July 12, 2017

Our mission is to reform the institutions and structures that hold women back from running for office rather than forcing women to change. Increasing the recruitment, training, and funding of women candidates will be more effective in getting women elected at every level of government.

Below are suggestions on how to dismantle these barriers for women who want to run for office.

Take Action 

Setting targets to level the playing field

Recruiting gender-diverse candidates to run for office is one of the central challenges to achieving a democracy which accurately reflects its citizens. RepresentWomen challenges political parties, PACS, and donors to commit to intentional actions to ensure that more women are recruited to run. These voluntary targets mimic the quotas that are used in over 100 nations to fuel the election of women candidates.

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Progress Towards Gender Parity in French Legislative Election

Posted on Blog on June 23, 2017

This past weekend marked significant progress toward gender parity in France. The final round of the French parliamentary elections was held on Sunday, June 18, when voters elected a record number of women to parliamentary seats. Out of the 577 seats, women now fill 223, beating the last election’s record of 115. This is a huge stride toward gender parity, as the French parliament is now 38.7 percent women. According to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the French parliament now ranks 17th in the world for women’s representation in parliaments, an impressive improvement from its previous 64th place finish.


En Marche! and Gender Parity in the French Parliament

Posted on Blog on June 16, 2017

French voters recently led Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! to a landslide victory over far right candidate Marine Le Pen. One unique aspect of Macron’s campaign was his emphasis on gender parity. Following Macron’s win, En Marche! selected a gender balanced slate of candidates to run for parliament - 214 men and 214 women. As 72.4 percent of current French MPs are men, En Marche! had to reach outside the pool of seasoned politicians in order to add more women to its group of candidates. Fifty-two percent of the candidates selected by En Marche! have never run for another office. The equitable gender distribution of candidates is the result of a conscious effort by Macron to recruit female applicants for parliament during his campaign. Initially, only 15% of applicants were women, leading to a social media plea from Macron: “It’s a failure that makes me sad because we’re on track to be like the others, we’re on track to achieve the same result as we have today in the National Assembly.”


UK Elections Show Impact of Gender Quotas

Posted on Blog by on June 15, 2017

Last week, the U.K. election received mass media attention for its partisan outcome, but less so for its unprecedented election of women to Parliament. On Thursday, June 8th, the U.K. made national history by electing 208 women Members of Parliament - the highest number yet. While the new partisan breakdown sparked heated debate and disagreement, the overwhelming appreciation for this achievement crossed party lines. Many also celebrated the election of the first woman Sikh MP, Preet Kaur Gill, and the first Palestinian MP, Layla Moran.


Where does the US stand on gender quotas?

Posted on Blog by on July 08, 2016

More than half of the countries in the world today use some sort of an electoral quota system, whether it is for geographical, ethnic or gender diversification.