Gender parity is a state of equity between the genders. When used in reference to elected office, gender parity means a situation where the members of a government are representative of the gender balance of its constituents.
The name “Representation2020” was originally a call for the achievement of gender parity in elected office by the year 2020, the centennial of women’s suffrage. As we approach 2020 and gain a clearer picture of the work that still remains to be done, “Representation2020” has come to signify the achievement of a government that accurately represents its population. Representation2020 strives to build a democracy where our legislators have “20/20 vision” and are clearly able to see all participants in our democracy.
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Representation2020 is a project of FairVote, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all Americans. Additionally, the reforms that FairVote supports are beneficial to Representation2020’s goal of achieving gender parity.
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