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Shareables: RCV + Representation Toolkit

RepresentWomen has complied some of our most salient resources to create our RCV + Representation Toolkit! This toolkit includes:

  • 2-pager Summaries
  • Data Visualization
  • Full-length research reports
  • And more!

The aim is that this RCV + Representation Toolkit will equip you to speak more fluently and confidently to the benefits RCV has specifically on representation in your lobby and advocacy work.

The target audience for this toolkit are individuals and organizations who are active in advancing RCV in their localities. 


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Shareables: 2022 Gender Parity Index State Graphics

We have created these shareable state scorecards to help you spread the word about the status of women's representation in your state. Feel free to share these on social media, send them to your representatives, and use them as data-backed evidence in your efforts to advance policy solutions that remove barriers for women in U.S. politics. Enjoy!

Shareables: Policy Solutions for Gender Balanced Representation

Electing more women to government will strengthen our democracy by making it more representative, improving policy outcomes, encouraging a new style of leadership, and cultivating trust in our elected bodies. 

To advance women's representation and leadership in the United States, we must adopt proven policy solutions that address the structural barriers women face as candidates & as elected officials. These institutional strategies are a natural complement to individual candidate training programs.


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Gender balanced funding and recruitment targets so more women RUN

Establish or join a Women’s Caucus that oversees the following:

  • Developing targets for the recruitment of women candidates.
  • Evaluating the best practices to encourage more women to run.
  • Preparing an annual report on the status of women's representation in: party leadership, elected offices, and appointed positions.

Support legislation that allows candidates to use campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses.

Ranked choice voting so more women WIN

Upgrade the voting system to use ranked choice voting (also known as instant run-off voting) for both single and multi-winner elections. Maine and Alaska are the only US states who have used RCV in statewide elections - Alaska's first use being in 2022. Maine is ranked second in RepresentWomen’s 2022 Gender Parity Index.

Policy language examples:

Example: FairVote's Model Statute 

Example: Statewide Maine

Legislative rules changes so more women can SERVE

Modernize the governmental workplace so that all legislators can serve effectively once elected with the following rules changes:

  • On-site childcare
  • Paid leave for legislators
  • Telecommuting Proxy voting
  • Family-friendly schedules
  • Living wages for legislators

Policy language examples:

Example: Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance 

Example: Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance, San Francisco 

Example of On-site Childcare in Practice 

Gender balanced appointment targets so more women LEAD

Recruitment for top staff and leadership positions must engage diverse slates of candidates to ensure gender balanced representation.

Adopt rules for gender balanced appointments. Commit to diverse appointments to cabinets, commissions and vacancies, establishing or maintaining gender balance as the norm.

Policy language examples:

Example: 2009 Iowa Gender Balanced Boards and Commissions 

Example: Illinois Gender Balanced Appointments Act 

Example: North Dakota Century Code

Shareables: Gender Balanced Appointments Toolkit

We built this toolkit based on a survey of about 40 allies and partners in 2021. With this survey, we found that allies and advocates are most interested in: 

  • 2 or 1-pager summaries 
  • Data visualization graphics
  • Full-length research reports
  • Best practices for advancing gender balanced appointments 

The target audience for this Equip Toolkit are individuals and organizations who are interested in advancing gender balanced appointments. 

The aim is that this Equip Toolkit will equip you to speak more fluently and confidently to the importance of gender balanced appointments, and current rates of gender balance in appointed positions in the US. It will also equip you with evidence-based strategies for advancing and advocating for gender balanced appointments.

Download the Appointments Equip Toolkit 

Factsheet: Ranked Choice Voting FAQ

This two-page RCV factsheet answers questions frequently asked regarding RCV. Some of these questions incude:

  • What is RCV?
  • Why does RepresentWomen support RCV?
  • How do we know RCV helps women?
  • Why is diverse representation important?
  • Is RCV too complicated for voters?

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A plain text version of this page is available here

Toolkit: Sample RCV Ballot Measure Language

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This RCV Toolkit is a short guide with tips and tricks to draft ranked choice voting ballot measures. See our 2023 RCV toolkit here!

Factsheet: Women's Representation Under the Fair Representation Act

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Best Practices: For a Gender-Balanced Democracy

RepresentWomen is a nonpartisan, 501c3 non-profit organization committed to strengthening our democracy by advancing reforms that break down barriers to ensure more women can Run, Win, Serve, and Lead. As both candidates and elected officials, women continue to face structural barriers that men simply do not; and these barriers require systemic reforms to level the playing field. "RUN WIN SERVE LEAD: Best Practices for a Gender-Balanced Democracy" highlights the topline findings from our research on the systems-level strategies that accelerate progress toward gender-balanced governance. 

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