The Gender Parity Index measures women's representation across the local, state legislative, state-wide executive, and federal levels and grades them according to their performance.
"While women of color gained seats in 2016, overall progress toward gender parity is stalled. Women at the federal, state, and local levels struggle to win elective office. Only five gove
rnors are women, and the U.S. rank among all nations for the representation of women has declined from 44th in 1995 to 100th in 2017. To achieve gender parity, new strategies are necessary."
- Cynthia Richie Terrell, Representation2020 Founder and Chair
Our 2017 Report is the fourth in a series leading to the year 2020, the centennial of the 19th Amendment. The report finds that women are underrepresented at the national, state, and local level, and that parity for men and women in elected office is unlikely to occur without structural changes in recruitment, electoral, and legislative rules.
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