Posted on Media on August 08, 2019
Embodying the phrase “if you can see it, you can be it,” normalizing women in political leadership positions will normalize the idea of women as leaders, period. Despite the growing numbers of women legislators, this progress does not automatically translate into women's uptick in executive or staff leadership positions. It's time we change that with intentional systems reforms. It's time we de-bug our democracy and Let Women Lead.
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Congress, state legislatures, and local governments must modernize their internal practices and culture so that women legislators can serve and lead effectively. Erratic work schedules, low pay rates, geographic distance, and unfair leadership selection processes serve as a challenge for many women—especially those caring for relatives and managing households. Although these reforms would benefit men and women, these issues disproportionately affect women and will continue barring women from serving.
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In January of 2021 with women holding 27 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives, the U.S. ranked 67th in the world for women’s representation in the lower house. Despite record-breaking election cycles the U.S. remains continually outpaced by 70+ countries including the majority of our democratic allies—allies that don’t have better women running, but better systems for women to run in and WIN.
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RepresentWomen's 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. It's time we dismantle these barriers for women who want to run for office.
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House it Going?: The Case for Expanding the House of Representatives
While the US population continues to grow, the number of elected officials representing them at the highest levels of government has not changed in more than a century. Luckily there is an easy solution, expand the US House of Representatives addressing the disproportionate representation ratio and increasing opportunities for women to run for office and win.
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How Does Ranked Choice Voting Help Women?
Ranked Choice Voting is having a moment. Learn more about this game-changing systems strategy which will decrease partisanship, lower election costs, and increase the number of women who run in and win elections.
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RCV Means: RepresentWomen
Learn about the many benefits of ranked choice voting, and how they help elect a more representative government.
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Learn about RepresentWomen and our systems strategy approach to reaching gender parity in politics.
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11.2020 RepresentWomen Post-Election Fall Webinar
Join experts in the field for RepresentWomen's fall webinar on how women faired in the 2020 election cycle and what needs to be done going forward to reach parity in politics.
Featuring: Cynthia Richie Terrell, Susannah Wellford (Running Start), Michelle Whittaker, Jennifer Rajkumar (NY State Assemblywoman), Amber McReynolds (National Vote at Home Institute), Onida Coward Mayers (MirRam Group), Mehrnaz Teymourian, and Sheila Krumholz (Center for Responsive Politics).
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8.2020 Summer Speaker Series: International Women's Representation
This is the final installment of our five part series. This week we discuss the women's elected representation around the world and what types of electoral rules and systems allow for a more representative democracy.
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8.2020 Summer Speaker Series: Intro to Systems Strategies/Women in Politics
This is part four of a five part series. This week we dive into ways in which everyone can support women in politics. In this talk we cover what it is like to be a woman in politics, as well as how to support and promote more women to run for public office.
Featuring: Rina Shah, Jenifer Rajkumar, Jheannelle Wilkins (Maryland General Assembly), and Taylor Herrick (RepresentWomen)
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7.2020 Summer Speaker Series: PACs and Female Candidate Support
This is part three of a five part series. This week we discuss our recently published report on PAC and individual donations to women candidates during the 2018 election cycle. Our panelists consider the influence PACs have on elections and female candidate support in order to analyze the role that money plays in elections and what donors and individuals can do to support women running for office.
Featuring: Rina Shah, Sarah Bryner (Center for Responsive Politics), Corrinne Bennet (RepresentWomen), and Maura Reilly (RepresentWomen)
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7.2020 Summer Speaker Series: Ranked Choice Voting
This is part two of a five part series. This week we discuss our recently published Ranked Choice Voting report and how people can help support ranked choice voting locally and nationally.
Featuring: Michelle C. Whittaker (Democracy Initiative), Maura Reilly (RepresentWomen), and Courtney Lamendola (RepresentWomen)
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7.2020 Summer Speaker Series: RepresentWomen 101
RepresentWomen’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by advancing reforms that break down barriers to ensure more women can run, win, serve, and lead. Through this talk series, we aim to give an overview of what we do at RepresentWomen, and introduce our research to foster more conversations surrounding getting women elected and how to support them. This is a five part series that dives into ranked choice voting, PACS and female candidate support, an introduction to systems strategies and women in politics, and international women's representation.
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12.2019 Annual Electoral Reform Symposium
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06.2019: System Strategies to Win Gender Parity
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08.2017: Why We Need Ranked Choice Voting
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07.2017: The Declaration of Sentiments Then and Now
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06.2017: The Fair Representation Act
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11.2013: Fair Representation Voting
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09.2013: A Century From Suffrage to Parity
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09.2013: Forum on the State of Women's Representation
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Posted on About Us on July 25, 2019
RepresentWomen’s mission is to strengthen our democracy by advancing reforms that break down barriers to ensure more women can run, win, serve, and lead. Even following several "record"-breaking election cycles for women candidates, women continue to be underrepresented at every level of elected office.
More women in elected and appointed positions at every level of government will strengthen our democracy by making it more representative, reviving bi-partisanship and collaboration, improving the deliberative process, encouraging a new style of leadership, and building greater trust in our elected bodies.
RepresentWomen accomplishes its mission in these 4 ways:
RepresentWomen started as Representation2020, a program of the non-partisan reform group FairVote, that worked to build a solid intellectual foundation from which future work could grow. The team engages in research to track the status of women’s representation in the US and abroad, understand the underlying reasons women are underrepresented, and find evidence-based solutions to mitigate the problem. This inquiry resulted in a suite of reports, studies, and tracking tools that follow trends in women’s representation in the US and internationally.
This slideshow gives some additional background information on who we are, our research, and our ongoing projects.
Posted on Take Action on June 19, 2019
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Posted on Women Winning 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.
I support adopting Ranked Choice Voting to advance women's representation & leadership in the United States.
Posted on Blog by on October 03, 2018
Hello! My name is Jiakun ‘Jack’ Li, the new research intern at RepresentWomen. I am a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University Applied Economics Program, a teaching assistant at School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for Macroeconomics, and a research assistant on STATA programming and code replication for Assistant Professor Ryan Kim at SAIS. I was born and raised in Shanghai, China, a city bursting with endless nightlife and countless entertainment. After work, I enjoy trying out new restaurants (I appreciate all types of cuisine, especially Chinese, Thai and Italian), working out, playing board games (Settler of Catan) and watching GoT/West World. In addition, I love learning new languages (Spanish in progress) and hope to achieve Italian or Portuguese next.
Posted on Blog on October 01, 2018
When I signed up for “Theories of International Relations” last year, I never expected to learn as much about feminism as I did. And yet, while sitting in my first class, I was introduced to the works of J. Ann Tickner – a feminist IR theorist who argues that omitting women from political theory leads to women being omitted from political practice. Through that class, I learned that there are structural causes for the underrepresentation of women in politics, and that this is evident not only in the makeup of our leaders, but also in how our future leaders are being taught.
Posted on Staff on September 28, 2018
Courtney Lamendola (she/her/hers) is the Director of Research at RepresentWomen. Over the past few years, Courtney has worked to coordinate team research, develop web content, and recruit interns. Some of her recent work includes the 2020 Gender Parity Index, 2020 Ranked Choice Voting Report, and contributions to an ongoing project on the history of Women and the U.S. Presidency.
Before she joined the RepresentWomen Team full-time, Courtney obtained an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a B.A. in Political Science from Providence College. Courtney was born and raised on Long Island, but she has since made a home for herself in DC, where she hopes to see ranked choice voting adopted in the near future!
Contact: [email protected]
Posted on Donate on December 29, 2016
Thank you so much for your donation to RepresentWomen.
Your contribution will be used to support RepresentWomen's work to advance gender balance in elected office through systems reforms that enable more women to run, win, serve, and lead.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about our work.
Posted on Media on October 26, 2016
'Bittersweet': Harris VP pick reminds some women the glass ceiling is still intact
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Want a democracy that looks like America? Switch to ranked elections!
Posted by · August 10, 2020 3:21 PM
New Research Shows Ranked Choice Voting Helps Women Win
Posted by · August 05, 2020 3:37 PM