The Rankin-Chisholm Rule

The Rankin-Chisholm Rule

RepresentWomen is working with a team to advance the Rankin-Chisholm Rule. Among the top congressional staffer positions, women and people of color continue to be underrepresented. The Rankin-Chisholm Rule is a policy initiative designed to correct this systemic problem and increase racial and gender diversity in legislative offices, particularly in leadership roles. 

The Rankin-Chisholm Rule states: “The decision-maker for top staff positions in personal offices, on committees, and in caucus leadership offices should conduct an in-person interview with a slate of candidates from diverse perspectives and backgrounds on the basis of gender, race and other factors, including multiple women and people of color.”

The Rankin-Chisholm Rule is modeled after the Rooney Rule, which requires National Football League owners to interview at least one candidate of color for each head coach or general manager vacancy. The initiative is named after pioneering Congresswomen Jeannette Rankin and Shirley Chisholm. 

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Our partners in advocating for the Rankin-Chisholm Rule include: Working IDEAL; Sisters Lead Sisters Vote; Holliday Advisors; The Melanin Collective