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RCV Equip Toolkit

Based on a survey of about 40 allies and partners in 2021, we found that allies and RCV advocates are most interested in:

  • 2 and 1-pager Summaries
  • Data Visualization
  • Full-length research reports
  • Best practices guides for advancing and adopting RCV: Coming Soon!

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

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

Download the RCV Equip Toolkit 



Gender Parity Index 2022 Shareable 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!

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.


Download the Policy Solutions 2-pager

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

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 

Ranked Choice Voting FAQ

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Fair Representation Act Slidedeck

Recently updated with 2021 data, this slideshow provides an overview of how the Fair Representation Act would help improve representation for women.


Multi-winner Districts Slidedeck

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The FRA and Representation

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International Slidedeck

Our research shows that while there are record numbers of women running for and serving in government, there is much to be done to ensure more women can run, win, serve, and lead in office in the United States and around the globe. 

As it stands, the United States ranks 72nd (as of October 2022) according to the IPU’s monthly rankings of women serving in national parliaments. Not only is there much to be learned from the systems in place which allow more opportunities for women in office, there is also room to work with organizations, advocating for systems-based reforms. RepresentWomen studies best practices that have been proven to advance women’s representation and leadership around the world, and then advocates for use of those best practices in the United States.

Why should we care about system-based strategies that have worked to increase the number of women in government in other countries? Research in other countries shows that having more women in government has resulted in an increase of laws to protect victims of sexual harassment, rape, and domestic violence. Specific cases in countries like India and Norway also show that women politicians are more likely to address issues such as food security, childcare, and healthcare. This means that work done abroad has not only been successful in bringing more women to the table, but it has also produced policies that benefit entire communities. By observing and adopting some of the best practices that have worked internationally, the U.S. could enjoy similar, positive outcomes for women’s representation.

Are you interested in sharing this important information with your community? This shareable slidedeck is ready-made for your use.


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Women Lead Slidedeck

Teach others about the reforms!


Use our presentation on the suggested women lead reforms with your community and teach them about the importance of women's voices in leadership positions. 


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