Māori women fought alongside non-indigenous women for suffrage, but are they fairly represented in New Zealand’s House of Representatives?

Posted on Blog by on October 29, 2019

New Zealand’s actions for gender and Indigenous inclusion are working, it is now just a matter of ensuring Indigenous women have the same voice as their male and non-Indigenous counterparts. 

Gender Quotas for the Underrepresented? A Gender Parity Case Study: Brazil

Posted on Blog by on October 28, 2019

To achieve progress in women’s representation in many countries, including Brazil, a change in systems which enable and support the disenfranchisement of women and minorities is needed.

The History of Indigenous Women's Leadership

Posted on Blog by on October 23, 2019

“My young men are to lay aside their weapons; they are to take up the work of women; they will plow the field and raise the crops; for them I see a future, but my women, they to whom we owe everything, what is there for them to do? I see nothing! You are a woman; have pity on my women when everything is taken from them.”

The Importance of Systems Change -Melinda Gates Commits $1 billion

Posted on Blog on October 22, 2019

Melinda Gates is right on the money, as the saying goes, to reach gender equality and parity in the U.S. is going to take more than what we are currently doing. This lofty goal requires lofty and systemic changes.

"Nevertheless, She Persisted" - Dedicated to #FightingForEquality

Posted on Written by Corinne Ahrens on October 15, 2019

To sum up the importance of the event, Congressman Beyer noted that “when women succeed, America succeeds,” and this is something to keep in mind as we continue #FightingForEquality.

Meet the Team: McKenna Donegan

Posted on Written by McKenna Donegan on October 15, 2019

"Addressing the lack of equal representation in government through changing recruiting practices and improving our electoral systems would ensure that future generations have women leaders to look up to. I hope the work I do this fall at RepresentWomen ensures that one day all women will have a seat at the table."

Research Fellow

Posted on Staff on October 01, 2019

Maura Reilly

Maura Reilly is a research fellow and frequent Medium contributor at RepresentWomen. Born and raised in DC, she decided to stay close to home and attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After failing to find a European prince to marry, she is back in DC and hoping to put her passion for feminism and penchant for research to good use, focusing on the impact of gender parity internationally. Upon completing a successful research internship with RepresentWomen in the fall of 2019, Maura accepted a fellowship to continue her work in 2020. Stay tuned for more from Maura on indigenous women's representation, women in Brexit, and some very witty blog titles. 


Meet the Team: Corinne Ahrens

Posted on Blog on September 24, 2019

"Working for RepresentWomen is important to me because their mission is concrete: increase the representation of women in politics while focusing on systems of reform; because no one can say, even though some may, that the underrepresentation of women in politics does not exist."

Meet the Team: Maura Reilly

Posted on Written by Maura Reilly on September 16, 2019

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat” -Rebecca West, author

I Support Ranked Choice Voting!

Posted on Take Action on January 29, 2019


Add your name to the growing list of people who support Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) because it's a powerful tool to ensure that elected bodies reflect the constituents they serve!

Higher numbers of women are getting elected in jurisdictions with Ranked Choice Voting because:

  • RCV elections are more civil & issue-focused so more women run
  • RCV elections reward strong grassroots campaigns that cost less so more women can run viable campaigns
  • RCV elections allow multiple women to run in the same race without splitting the vote
  • RCV elections maximizes voters' power to elect their preferred candidates

How it works: Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice--first, second, third, and so on. All first choices are counted, and if a candidate has a majority, they win, just like any other election. However if nobody has a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and those voters have their ballot instantly count for their next choice. This process continues until a candidate receives a majority of votes, and is declared the winner.


GOAL: 50 signatures

I support adopting Ranked Choice Voting to advance women's representation & leadership in the United States.