Our research shows that even as more women run for elected office, electoral rules and systems continue to play a substantial role in barriers women face in achieving fair representation. Our current plurality-win system favors incumbents at the cost of non-incumbents who tend to be more diverse both in terms of race and gender. In order for women to win at the same rates as men, we must take intentional steps to eliminate the barriers they face.
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Learn how to take action on specific reforms and systems strategies below.