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Meet the Team: Andrea

Posted on Blog on November 17, 2020

My name is Andrea Esquetini and I am a senior at the University of California, Davis, where I am majoring in Communications and minoring in Political Science and Professional Writing. In college, I have spent much of my time writing for local papers and producing videos for campus departments. I love this kind of work, and in the future I hope to continue producing media that has an impact and tells stories that would otherwise go untold. 


Meet the Team: Alise

Posted on Blog on November 17, 2020

My name is Alise Blūma, and I am a Communications Intern at RepresentWomen. Born and raised in a small Northern European country called Latvia, in 2018 I packed my life up in two suitcases and began my journey towards a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Tampa.


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 13, 2020

Posted on Blog on November 13, 2020

Results from last week's election are still trickling in so we don't yet know the final tally for the number of women elected to Congress and to state legislative positions. We do know that there were significant wins for women - notably a big increase in the number of Republican women who will serve in the 117th Congress along with gains for women of color in both major parties as well. But the results also show that the vast majority of incumbents were re-elected and that while 162 women ran as challengers just 8 have won as of today, for a total win rate of 4%. These incremental gains place the United States at about 70th globally along with neighbors Mali, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Bulgaria and Iraq.


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation November 6, 2020

Posted on Blog on November 06, 2020

Election results are still coming in but we know that record numbers of women won at the local, state, and Congressional level this week. Some highlights include increased numbers of women of color & Republican women who have been elected to Congress, wins for ranked choice voting reform allies at all levels, gender parity on the Washington, DC city council, and wins at the local level for allies like Natalia Macker who won re-election to the Teton County Commission.


Meet the Team: Alisha

Posted on Blog on November 03, 2020

Hi! My name is Alisha Saxena and I am a senior at UCSD with a major in Political Science-Public Law and a minor in African American Studies. I am currently a Research Intern with the fabulous RepresentWomen team, working remotely from the Bay Area!


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 30, 2020

Posted on Blog on October 30, 2020

On the eve of the 2020 general election, the terrific team at RepresentWomen has compiled an updated Gender Parity Index map that tracks women's representation at the local, state, and federal level - combined - so that we can monitor progress toward parity among states and over time. Find out more about the 2020 Gender Parity Index and look for more information about how your state is doing here. We will be releasing updated numbers after the election but here is a summary of where things stand: Even if a record number of women win next Tuesday, the U.S. will still fall short of gender parity at the national and state levels and very few states are primed to reach an “A” grade for women’s representation. The highlights from our 2020 Gender Parity Index include: New Hampshire reached parity with a score of 50.1. The only state to achieve gender parity, New Hampshire regained its “A” grade after slipping to a “B” in 2019. The majority of states - 60% - received a “D” grade, with 14% receiving a “C” and 18% receiving a “B.” Three states received an “F” grade in 2020, with Montana slipping from a “D” grade in 2019 and joining Utah and Louisiana. Women’s elected representation varies drastically by region.The west coast continues to outpace most of the country, with six states receiving “B” grades in 2020. Women’s representation remains uneven between political parties, as does the number of women candidates in 2020. Of the 727 women who filed to run in 2020 in state executive and congressional elections, only 39.5% are Republican (287 of 727).


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation October 16, 2020

Posted on Blog on October 16, 2020

This week RepresentWomen released its Achieving Gender Parity: Systems Strategies Around the World report that offers a deep dive into the electoral systems, recruitment practices, and representation outcomes for women in nearly every country. Twenty years ago the United States ranked 48th globally for women's representation. Today the United States ranks 87th among nations for the number of women elected to the House of Representatives. Most of the countries in the top 50 for women's representation use a proportional or semi-proportional voting system to ensure more women win & some type of quota or temporary special measure to ensure more women run.



'Bittersweet': Harris VP pick reminds some women the glass ceiling is still intact

Posted on News Coverage on August 20, 2020

Cynthia Richie Terrell, the founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for more women in office, said that Biden's commitment early-on to picking a female running mate is an example of how men can wield their privilege to help change the underrepresentation of women in politics. "It's an important reminder that executives have a lot of power to accelerate progress to parity,” said Terrell. "It really begins to crack the egg of sexism, and all of a sudden people see that women can also be in positions of power."


Weekend Reading on Women's Representation August 14, 2020

Posted on Blog on August 14, 2020

Until this week, four women - Lucretia Mott (1848), Tonie Nathan (1972), Geraldine Ferraro (1984) & Sarah Palin (2008) - had been selected as vice presidential running mates. Former Vice President Joe Biden's selection of Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate brings that number to five and has led to a number of very interesting articles and news stories about this milestone in the annals of women's history and leadership.