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.
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.
November 2, 2020
WHEN MINUTES FEEL LIKE HOURS, AND HOURS FEEL LIKE DAYS:
Anyone who has ever taken a home pregnancy test knows, the three minutes you wait for the line(s) to appear feels like three hours. And no matter what result you’re hoping for, you experience a rollercoaster of emotions in those three minutes as you envision various versions of your future.
August 24, 2020
Creating the Next Kamala
During the 11th (oof!) Democratic primary debate, I sat on the couch paying more attention to my phone than what the five remaining candidates on tv were saying. That is until Joe Biden promised to pick a woman as his running mate. My ears perked up. Did I hear that right? Twitter quickly confirmed, Biden had said: "I commit that I will in fact pick a woman to be vice president."
March 6, 2020
IWD2020: Celebrating Progress and Aggressively Pursuing Political Equality for Women
While International Women’s Day is supposed to be a global celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements, we don’t feel much like celebrating, if we’re being honest. We’re frustrated, to put it mildly, that a record breaking six women ran for president this year, but only one (Rep. Tulsi Gabbard) remains in the race – and with no viable path to becoming the nominee.
January 14, 2020
Accelerating the Pace of Change Toward Gender Equality
As the calendar rolls over to a new year, and an election year at that, we look back on recent accomplishments and look forward to celebrating important historic milestones. A record-breaking number of women ran for and won seats in Congress in 2018 causing pundits to term it the “year of the woman.”