American political parties have the legal right to include and enforce gender quotas for candidate recruitment and ballot inclusion—and they have a history and precedent of enforcing affirmative action rules when it comes to appointed and elected party positions. Yet the U.S. remains one of the few countries where some form of gender quotas do not exist.
The political landscape over the last decade was marked by increasing polarization, partisan majorities in many states that impose policies out of step with the views of most Americans—and gerrymandering and winner-take-all electoral systems making a mockery of the prospect of political accountability. But it was also a decade in which ranked choice voting (RCV) spread across the country.
Ranked choice voting has been shown to increase the number of women and people of color running in and winning elections—and the results of the 2019 elections prove that it works.
Switzerland’s 2019 elections culminated in many historic outcomes, including women seizing 20 more seats in the House of Representatives.