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Women Are Underrepresented in Legislatures. This Fund Seeks Gender Parity — and Better Governance
The problem of minority rule in the United States goes well beyond the lopsided makeup of the Senate or partisan gerrymandering. It also extends to who is, and isn’t, able to run and serve in the first place.
Fund offers grants to recruit women to run for Miss. legislative seats
Mississippi ranks 48th in the nation for the number of women in its legislative ranks according to The Ascend Fund. The non-partisan, organization out of Seattle, announced its providing grants to recruit women to run for state legislative seats, in 2022.
Pilot program announced aimed at increasing number of women in Mississippi legislature. The Ascend Fund is launching this pilot program in three states, including Mississippi.
Mississippi has 174 state legislators and only 16 percent of those are women. However, a national group is hoping to help change that.
October 19, 2021
The Ascend Fund Invests Over Half a Million in 13 Organizations Working to Elect Women to State Legislatures
Today, The Ascend Fund announced $600,000 in grants to 13 organizations in MI, MS, and WA as part of a project designed to increase the number of women serving in state legislatures.
December 13, 2022
On Parity: Winter 2022 Newsletter
Today we're releasing a new report, Parity Postponed: An analysis of women's representation and the 2022 election. While there were bright spots—for example, a record 12 women were elected governor—overall gains were smaller this year than in recent cycles.
October 13, 2020
On Parity: Fall 2020 Newsletter
In a year filled with relentless challenges, economic anxiety, and alarming headlines, our partners consistently rose to the moment and guided women running for office through a pandemic, racial reckoning, and the most polarizing election in recent history.