RepresentWomen is the leading advocate for rules and systems strategies to advance representation and leadership for women across the ideological, racial, and geographic spectrum in the United States.
Our country is founded on the idea of a representative democracy -- of the people, by the people, for the people.
Of the People: Women make up over 50% of the population but hold only 19% of the seats in Congress.
By the People: Many officials are elected without a majority of votes and do not represent the views of the majority.
For the People: Women deserve to have an equal say in policies that impact their lives.
Progress towards gender parity has stagnated at every level of elected office, and we’re falling far behind the rest of the world. This is unacceptable.
Gatekeepers like political parties, PACS, and donors often endorse male candidates without considering female candidates making it harder for women to run viable campaigns.
Winner take all voting in single seat districts protects incumbents -- making it very hard for women to break into the system in large numbers.
Once women are elected to office they often face internal rules and norms that make it difficult to serve and lead effectively.
Electing more women to every level of government will strengthen our democracy by making it more representative, reviving bi-partisanship & collaboration, improving policy outcomes, encouraging a new style of leadership, and building greater trust in our elected bodies.
RepresentWomen supports efforts to dismantle gender stereotypes and to train and fund individual women candidates, but we believe that without institutional reforms, we will never achieve gender parity.
RepresentWomen is a hub for research and advocacy for each of these reforms:
Recruitment targets for political parties, PACs, and donors - so more women run
Fair representation voting with multi-winner districts and ranked choice voting - so more women win
Legislative measures like onsite childcare and virtual voting - so more women serve and lead
Systemic reforms have led to the election of more women around the globe. For the United States to re-emerge as a leader in women’s equality, we need innovative strategies that change institutions.
That’s what RepresentWomen is committed to making happen.