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Women Serving and Leading: Fairer Legislative Practices


RepresentWomen calls on city, state and national legislators to reform 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 make serving a challenge for many women - especially those caring for children and managing households.

To make the governmental workplace one in which more women officeholders can thrive, legislative bodies should enact the following internal process reforms:

  • provide affordable on-site childcare
  • allow for telecommuting and virtual voting for elected officials
  • create family-friendly schedules for committee meetings and floor proceedings
  • review the ways in which committee leadership is selected

RepresentWomen calls on gatekeepers at the city, state, and federal level to demonstrate a commitment to gender parity by appointing women to key leadership positions - like committee chairs - when they become available.