Representation2020 is a nonpartisan initiative committed to achieving gender parity in appointed and elected office. We advocate for institutional reforms to level the playing field for women candidates, enabling them to run, win, and lead effectively. Our goal is fair representation for women and men across the political, racial, and geographic spectrum, so that our daughters and their daughters can engage with our democracy as equals.
Women make up half the population, but only 19 percent of Congress, less than 25 percent of state legislative and statewide executive positions, and under 20 percent of city and county officials. Even worse, progress towards equal representation has stagnated at every level of elected office, and we’re falling far behind the rest of the world. This is unacceptable.
Electing more women to every level of government will strengthen our democracy by making it more representative, reviving bi-partisanship & collaboration, improving policy outcomes, encouraging a new style of leadership, and building greater trust in our elected bodies.
Representation2020 supports efforts to dismantle gender stereotypes and to train and fund individual women candidates, but we believe that without institutional reforms, we will never achieve gender parity.
Representation2020 conducts research and engages in advocacy for each of these reforms:
Recruitment targets for political parties, PACs, and donors - so more women run
Fair representation voting with multi-winner districts and ranked choice voting - so more women win
Legislative measures like childcare and virtual voting - so more women serve and lead
Systemic reforms have led to the election of more women around the globe. For the United States to re-emerge as a leader in women’s equality, we need innovative strategies that change institutions.
That’s what Representation2020 is committed to making happen.