Posted on Blog on December 03, 2021
Those who are concerned about the health of democracy in the United States - which I believe should be all of us - would do well to read this sharp piece by Irune Aguirrezabal about a new social contract based on meeting the needs of women.
Posted on Blog on November 26, 2021
In August my daughters and I drove to North Carolina to visit RepresentWomen's artist in residence, Melanie Humble. As we drove south, we listened to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer -- a member of Potawatomi Nation. Through the author's rich storytelling...
Posted on Blog on November 19, 2021
This week has been a busy one in Washington, DC with important discussions about redistricting on Capitol Hill, in-person fundraising events with democracy advocates, and the launch of More Voice DC in support of ranked choice voting...
Posted on Blog on November 12, 2021
On November 10, 1916 Jeannette Rankin, a Republican from Montana, became the first woman elected to the United States Congress. Rankin was elected from a multi-seat district but served just one term because Democrats switched to single winner districts while she was in office making it all but impossible for her to win re-election in 1918.
Posted on Blog on November 05, 2021
Nearly a century after the first woman was elected to the NYC council, women now hold 61% of the seats and the majority of those women are young women of color. Ranked choice voting was a key ingredient to women's electoral success in 1937 and in 2021.
Posted on Blog on October 29, 2021
Over the coming weeks advocates, experts, and elected officials will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for COP26, an annual United Nations summit on climate change. My daughter Becca Richie will be there with her colleagues from Climate Clock to help pressure nations to commit to immediate...
Posted on Blog on October 22, 2021
The Ascend Fund announced grants this week to groups in Washington Michigan, and Mississippi to advance women's representation in state legislatures. This is a terrific example of investing in strategies to better understand the best practices to get to gender balance in politics in our lifetimes.
Posted on Blog on October 15, 2021
Posted on Blog on October 08, 2021
Women face steep barriers when running for executive offices in the United States so it is no surprise that of the 2,573 people who have served as governor in U.S. history only 45 have been women and only 9 women are currently in office. Liz Crampton wrote an interesting piece this week in Politico about efforts by both major parties to increase the number of women in statewide executive office:
Posted on Blog on October 02, 2021
I recently asked a friend of mine why she thought there were so few women in politics. Her response was that it’s probably because politics just isn’t the place for women, that it’s more of a “man thing.” Recent research in the American Political Science Review reveals that these beliefs don’t exist by accident...