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MORE WOMEN IN OFFICE = A STRONGER DEMOCRACY
February 2021    
Dear ReflectUS Community,

What historic times we’re witnessing! The inauguration of Kamala Harris as the first woman Vice President marks a significant movement in our work. As we celebrate this momentous achievement, we remain determined by her words: “I may be the first woman to hold this office, but I won’t be the last.”

As we continue to work to ensure many more victories for women, ReflectUS is proud to announce our “From the Ground Up” State Network powered by the ReflectUS Coalition members!

“From the Ground Up” partners with community- and state-based organizations to design support systems and networks, including leadership development workshops and legislative proposals, that address the challenges facing women’s political leadership. While the State Network is open to all women, there is particular emphasis on support to working-class women’s access to political leadership. Our priority states include Missouri, Virginia, Washington and Texas.
 
As we celebrate Black History Month, we reflect upon the vital role Black women have played throughout U.S. history to ensure a greater democracy and more reflective government. As such, we are pleased to highlight ReflectUS Coalition member Higher Heights and their transformative work in this newsletter.  

The application period for the “It Begins Here” Fellowship program is now closed. Thank you all that applied — we are currently reviewing applications. Those who missed this opportunity, keep a lookout for future opportunities.

We look forward to continuing to build political leadership among you, the ReflectUS Community.

Onward,

Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO

Higher Heights Leadership Fund and the Center for American Women in Politics Latest Report: “By the Numbers: Black Women in the 117th Congress”

Black women are dedicated to democracy. We show up for every election, we take care of our communities, and our mobilization is what keeps the country moving forward.

To that end, Higher Heights Leadership Fund, a 501(c)(3), is building a national civic engagement infrastructure and network to strengthen Black women’s leadership capacity.  Higher Heights is investing in a long-term strategy to expand and support Black women’s leadership pipeline at all levels and strengthen their civic participation beyond just Election Day.

This work requires a multi-year, multi-million dollar investment to increase Black women’s leadership.  Higher Heights is developing the foundation to achieve this goal through four key components: capacity building, grassroots organizing, research, and convenings

Recently Higher Heights and the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) released the “By the Numbers: Black Women in the 117th Congress” snapshot and analysis of the historic number of Black women who have been elected to serve in the United States 117th Congress (January 3, 2021-January 3, 2023).

There are now 27 Black women officeholders serving at the start of the 117th Congress, and with Vice President Kamala Harris’ departure from Congress, Black women will have no remaining representation in the Senate. Even with the record-breaking number of Black women in the new U.S. Congress, Black women continue to be underrepresented overall. View our latest report here.
 
REGISTER TO ATTEND
The ReflectUS Internship program is now open for applications. Apply your passion to not only increase the number of women in office but also achieve equal representation in our political leadership.

To get more info and to apply, visit the ReflectUS Internship Program, to view all the available internship positions.
The ReflectUS Coalition has seen its share of press mentions and created a section on our website to keep track of the great work being recognized.
Visit our Press Room.

ReflectUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition working to increase the number of women in office and achieve equal representation across the racial, ideological, ethnic, and geographic spectrum in the United States. Learn More

Coalition members include Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)Empowered WomenHigher Heights for AmericaIGNITE NationalLatinasRepresentRepresentWomenShe Should RunVote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network

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