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Women occupy only 24% of seats in the U.S. Senate, and 28% of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Only 18% of governors are women, and there has never been a female US president as we all know. With Cynthia Richie Terrell I discuss the representation of women in politics. She is the Executive Director and Founder of RepresentWomen, an organization that pushes for parity of women in U.S. politics. The organization started as Representation2020, a program of the non-partisan reform group FairVote, that worked to build a solid intellectual foundation from which future work on representation of women could grow.
The discussion touches on many different aspects of electoral systems, women in politics and society, and the strategies that RepresentWomen adopted to push to improve women's political power in America.
Cynthia Richie Terrell is a founding member of the ReflectUs coalition, and an outspoken advocate for institutional reforms to advance women’s representation and leadership. Cynthia and her husband Rob Richie helped to found FairVote - a nonpartisan champion of electoral reforms that give voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and more representative democracy. In 2020 Cynthia was named a Brewer Fellow and she has been published in numerous print journals including the Washington Post, The New York Times. She graduated with a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College in 1986.
Show notes with a full transcript and links to all material discussed: https://rulesofthegame.blog/womens-representation-in-us-politics/
Schedule: 0:00 Introduction / 3:32 Personal questions / 6:00 main discussion / 44:24 Recommendations by Cynthia Richie Terrell
Find more information about Cynthia Richie Terrell: https://www.representwomen.org/cynthia-richie-terrell
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Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation with Cynthia Richie Terrell.