Representation2020 supports and works with organizations focused on changing cultural norms and fighting gender stereotypes. Our mission, however, is to reform the institutions and structures holding women back. Recruiting, training, and funding female candidates will be more effective once the electoral process stops systemically disadvantaging women at each level of government.
Below are suggestions on how to dismantle these barriers for women in elected office.
Representation2020 calls on city, state and national legislators to reform their internal practices and culture so that women legislators can serve and lead effectively. Erratic work schedules, low pay rates, geographic distance, and unfair leadership selection processes make serving a challenge for many women - especially those caring for children and managing households.
To make the governmental workplace one in which more women office holders can thrive, legislative bodies should enact the following internal process reforms:
Representation2020 calls on gatekeepers at the city, state, and federal level to demonstrate a commitment to gender parity by appointing women to key leadership positions - like committee chairs - when they become available.