Women are underrepresented in elected office.
Men hold 82% of the seats in the House of Representatives. A decade ago, the US ranked behind 57 nations in the percentage of women in Congress. Today we rank 92nd. Out of 50 governors, just five are women. That’s 10% - nearly the same percentage as the number of women mayors in our 100 largest cities. Out of more than 7,000 state legislators, fewer than 1 in 4 are women, barely higher than two decades ago.
At this rate, women will be underrepresented in the United States for another five hundred years.
A century ago, in 1920, the decades-long struggle for women to win the right to vote culminated in the 19th amendment to the Constitution.
Inspired by that struggle, Representation 2020 takes on the 21st century’s challenge for women - representation. We must have parity for women in office. That will happen when in any given election, a woman is just as likely as a man to win and in any given legislature women will be just as likely to hold the most seats.
It’s time for a new vision – and new approaches.
This August, Representation 2020 is releasing the State of Women's Representation 2013, with facts from every state and comparative analysis. We will also highlight the great work taking place in states across the country, where grassroots advocates are training, recruiting and funding women candidates, ending gender stereotypes in the media and encouraging more women to run for all offices.
The report showcases Representation 2020’s central focus: structural change. We’ll explore new party rules to recruit and nominate more women candidates, new gender neutral, family-friendly legislative practices so women can rise to leadership in our legislatures and fair representation voting systems to ensure the majority of voters have a woman representative.
This report is being written, but it needs to be seen. We need $10,000 for the design, printing and distribution of our report. We want thousands of copies for policymakers, reformers and editorial writers across the nation.
Help us circulate good ideas. Help us win new solutions. Help us realize our vision of parity by 2020.
Please contribute generously today to ensure that women secure fair representation.
And if you need further motivation, listen to the prescient words of this sister suffragette in the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReOX5QBBRZc