What Would It Take to Double the Representation of Women in Congress By 2050?

As the U.S. celebrates the fairly meager victories for women candidates in the 2020 election and compare our progress to our democratic allies around the world, there is much to learn from New Zealand’s successful transition to a mixed-member proportional system.

In order for the United States to make serious and sustained progress toward parity by 2050, we must invest our energy and our resources in systemic reforms that address the structural barriers women face as candidates and elected officials.

Weekend Reading: Biden Owes it to Women to Appoint a Gender-Balanced Cabinet

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: the impact that elected women have in legislative bodies; wins for women in the 2020 election; tipping the gender balance in Congress; Moldova has elected their first woman president; Alaska voters approve ranked-choice voting; the Biden-Harris administration must appoint a gender-balanced Cabinet; the women President-Elect Biden is considering for his administration; the Nevada state legislature will be 60 percent women in 2021; and suggested feminist reading.

Women’s Representation: Women Who Won the Night

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

Election results are still coming in but we know that record numbers of women won at the local, state and congressional level this week. But while it’s exciting to celebrate candidates firsts and additional women elected to Congress, this election should serve as a clear reminder that we must invest in systems strategies that create more opportunities for women to win.

Women’s Representation: Trump Drives Away Women Voters in “Historic” Numbers

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: RepresentWomen’s Gender Parity Index map tracks women’s progress state by state; how Trump and his allies are driving away women voters; the 21 in ’21 initiative to get more women elected to the NYC Council; a historic number of women are running for Parliament in Egypt; the growing call for gender quotas in Somalia; ranked-choice voting is on the ballot; honoring witches—past and present; must-read feminist thrillers; and more.

Women’s Representation: Protect Yourself, Protect the Vote

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: New Zealand’s voting reforms help Jacinda Ardern and other women get elected; the status of women’s representation around the country, and around the globe; what makes quotas an effective tool in some countries and less effective in others?; ballot measures to watch; ranked choice voting gains traction; and suggested feminist reading.

Women’s Representation: Is Amy Coney Barrett a Mother? We Hadn’t Noticed.

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: how the U.S. went from 48th to 87th in women’s representation; pro-democracy measures on the ballot this November; the best (and worst) states to be a woman; new rules regarding mandates for women’s representation on publicly-owned company boards; a Black, queer, Muslim candidate could make history in Oklahoma; feminist reading recommendations; and is Amy Coney Barrett a mother? We hadn’t noticed.

Women’s Representation: How Harris Navigated the “Double Bind” for Women

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Two women have jointly won the Nobel prize in chemistry; Kamala Harris makes history; Finland’s “Girls Takeover”; the many benefits of ranked choice voting; Eleanor Roosevelt’s 136th birthday; women’s representation playlist on Spotify; and this week’s feminist reading list.

Representation Roundup: “Words Clinton Could Never Utter, Biden’s Campaign Will Use on T-Shirts”

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: the first ever televised presidential debate was between two women; the unspoken rules for women; how Hillary inspired other women to run for office; women of color in down-ballot races energize voters; Brazil sees a record number of women running for office; efforts to increase women’s representation in Liberia and Scotland; how to combat dictatorial efforts shadowing the U.S. election; where to go for post-VP debate recap; and must-reads for young feminists.

Women’s Representation Roundup: Ginsburg’s Impact on the 2020 Election

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Ruth Bader Ginsburg becomes the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol; the impact of Justice Ginsburg’s death on the 2020 election; best practices to getting more women into judicial offices; the Solomon Islands’s systemic strategies to advance gender balance in government; appallingly few women have speaking roles at the UN this month; a staggering number of Black women running for office; tracking investments of leading foundations in minority and women-owned firms; building a gender-sensitive workplace culture; in support of the Yes On 2 ranked-choice voting campaign in Massachusetts; and this week’s suggested feminist reading.