My name is Ella Seltzer and I am an Outreach and Advocacy Intern for Fall 2020! I am born-and-raised in Oakland, California, so even though I have enjoyed my time on the East Coast and in D.C. for college, I’m truly West Coast at heart. I currently attend American University and am a Junior double majoring in Spanish and Political Science, with a focus in gender, race, and politics. As someone with a passion for politics and gender equality, being able to move across the country for college in the nation’s capital has only deepened that desire to help make meaningful change. After my undergraduate degree, I would love to attend law school, but as a college student in the time of COVID-19, I am just hoping to still be able to study abroad!
My name is Bobbie Bell, an outreach and advocacy intern for the fall 2020 semester at RepresentWomen. I am from Brooklyn, New York, aka “the big apple,” where I am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies at Brooklyn College. Currently an upper senior, I intend on graduating from Brooklyn College in December of this year. Over the course of the summer, I had the chance to run a period drive in my own community, collecting numerous donations for women in need during the pandemic. Although running a period drive virtually due to the coronavirus, I found creative ways to gain support.
Hi all! My name is Ashley Huang and I’m from San Diego, CA. My pronouns are she/her. Although I’m on a gap year right now, I’m a rising sophomore at Swarthmore College studying Economics and Art History. As a Research Intern, I’m super excited to contribute towards RepresentWomen’s incredible work this fall.
Hello! My name is Arria Alton and I am a Nonprofit Admin and Development Intern for RepresentWomen. Currently, I am a senior at Vanderbilt University studying Human and Organizational Development with a concentration in Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. I’m originally from Madison, Wisconsin, where I spent the last six months in quarantine with my family; this resulted in a renewed sense of hometown pride and the return of my Midwestern accent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).