Our column dives into the challenges women face when running for office and the groundbreaking solutions that The Ascend Fund and our partners are pioneering through innovation and collaboration.
August 25, 2022
From military service to public service: increasing the number of women veterans in elected office
It’s been almost 75 years since women were recognized as permanent members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Despite being the fastest growing demographic of the veteran population, the challenges women service members, women veterans, and their families face are often pushed to the side.
April 27, 2022
Want to close the gender wage gap? Elect more women to state legislatures.
Women have been fighting for equal pay since entering the workforce en masse during WWII. One of the most notable pieces of legislation passed on the issue of equal pay was the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibited wage discrimination on account of sex.
February 22, 2022
It’s Past Time to Elect Black Women to Governor Offices
This year poses a unique opportunity to achieve a long-overdue first, electing the first Black woman governor in the United States. In November there will be 36 governorships on the ballot, including all of the nine offices currently held by women.
January 18, 2022
Why You (Yes, You!) Should Run For Office in 2022
As the calendar rolls over, many people set New Year’s resolutions. But rather than resolving to exercise more, read more books, or watch less TV, what if you resolved to run for office?
January 5, 2022
Twelve Organizations Working to Make 2022 the Best Year Yet for Women’s Representation
At The Ascend Fund, we believe that parity is possible in our lifetime because transformational organizations are building a pathway to public office for women.
November 5, 2021
2021 Election Analysis: Nominal Progress for Women
In 2020, all eyes were on the White House and Kamala Harris’ historic election as the first woman and woman of color to serve as vice president. In contrast, 2021 was an “off-year,” meaning there were only a few federal or state races which, typically take place in even numbered years.
October 19, 2021
Partners in Parity: How 13 Organizations in Michigan, Mississippi & Washington are Paving the Way
To rapidly accelerate the pace of change toward gender parity in state legislatures, pivotal policymaking bodies, The Ascend Fund is making targeted, transformational investments in 13 state and local organizations in Michigan, Mississippi, and Washington.
September 21, 2021
Elevating Latina Leadership this Hispanic Heritage Month
Latinas are deeply underrepresented at every level of elected office. Latina leadership, however, is transformational, when elected, Latinas are powerful changemakers, fighting for their communities.
August 17, 2021
Ten Podcasts That Elevate Women's Voices in Politics
Women in politics are making history across the country as they continue to break down barriers and increase representation in government. While there are now more women serving in office than ever before, we’re still far from true gender parity.
August 10, 2021
244 Years Later, Kathy Hochul to Become New York’s First Woman Governor
After two and a half centuries of men governors, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will become New York’s first woman governor when she is sworn in on August 24th, 2021.
July 7, 2021
Always the Lieutenant, Never the Governor
The representation of women in lieutenant governors offices and lack of women governors begs the question, why are we as a nation comfortable with women in second place, but not in command?
June 15, 2021
Path to Parity: Why We're Starting with the States
The Ascend Fund has a plan to close to the gender gap in state legislatures by 2050, not merely because it’s fair, but because it’s what’s smart.
June 15, 2021
Michigan - Parity Has Progressed
Propelled by the largest voter turnout in 50 years, women’s representation in the Michigan State Legislature skyrocketed from 25% to almost 36%, as a result of the 2018 election.
June 15, 2021
Mississippi - Parity Takes Persistence
Achieving gender parity in politics will take persistence in states like Mississippi. Mississippi consistently ranks in the bottom 10 states nationwide for women’s representation and women have never held more than 20% of the state legislative seats.
June 15, 2021
Washington - Parity Is Possible
For more than a decade, from 1993 to 2004, Washington ranked 1st in the nation for women’s representation in the state legislature. But progress faltered from a high of more than 40% in 2000 to just 32% in 2011.
June 9, 2021
Pride in Politics: Opportunities for Growing LGBTQ Representation During Pride and Beyond
This Pride Month, we’re celebrating progress made to date in addressing the underrepresentation of LGBTQ elected officials, while continuing to identify barriers to future growth.
May 18, 2021
For the Love of Democracy, Pay Attention to Women of Color
Women make up more than half of the population in the U.S., yet account for only about a quarter of Congress and just 31% of state legislators. To put it into perspective, if women were to be represented equitably, they would make up half of Congress and all state legislatures.
April 13, 2021
Cost of Success
Women candidates running for office in recent years have made headlines for outraising men. In 2018, women running for Congress raised an average of $1,675,000 while men raised $1,537,000.
January 25th, 2021
2020 Election Report – State Legislatures
In 2021, a historic 143 women will serve in Congress. Billions of dollars are spent each cycle to elect the 535 members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, federal elected officials receive a disproportionate amount of attention from voters and the media alike. However, there are far more state legislators – 7,383 – than members of Congress, and as Congress becomes more polarized and thus less productive, the role and influence of state legislatures is growing.
November 13, 2020
2020 Election Report – U.S. Congress
A record number 140 women will serve in the 117th Congress, breaking the record of 127 women set in 2019. This record brings us closer to gender parity,
November 7, 2020
Madam Vice President
In 2020, the United States ranked 53rd in the global gender parity index by the World Economic Forum. One key reason was the lack of women in political leadership in the U.S.
November 6, 2020
Initial Post-Election Analysis
While we continue to wait for results of the presidential election, we can celebrate women across the country, up and down the ballot, that made history and broke records.