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MORE WOMEN IN OFFICE = A STRONGER DEMOCRACY
March 2022

Dear ReflectUS Community,

Happy Women's History Month!

We started the month with the historic news of Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court nomination. This nomination marks not just a significant step forward for Black women but a tremendous stride for our country towards a more representative democracy. Just this week, I joined a panel hosted by New York University Law School’s Birnbaum Women's Leadership Network where we discussed the nomination and the impacts it will have on women's political leadership for years to come. 

As you begin commemorating Women's History Month, I invite you to begin your own political leadership journey by applying to a board or commission in your jurisdiction.  Check out our ReflectUS Guides to get started. Boards and Commissions are the best way to begin your career as a public servant! For more information, visit the Guides on our website.

I also want to highlight a recent ReflectUS op-ed, “Political Incumbency... It's Complicated” co-authored by Amanda Hunter, Executive Director of The Barbara Lee Family Foundation, and myself. The op-ed, published by Newsweek, discusses the powerful role incumbency plays in our democratic process and the particular barriers it presents for women candidates. To quote from the op-ed: “Incumbency is a tool of political power—one that protects the status quo. People who hold office longer are often more influential, have larger political networks and build substantial campaign funds which are used to support their political party and advance their agenda." Read all about the power of political incumbency as well as some solutions to its impacts here.

I'd like to end by recognizing ReflectUS Coalition member Women's Public Leadership Network for organizing and hosting an amazing National Summit last month. The weekend-long conference was filled with inspiring leaders from across the country sharing their experiences as women political leaders and presenting innovative projects and initiatives to increase the number of women in political leadership positions. What an amazing weekend of camaraderie, capacity-building and commitment!  Several of our other Coalition members will be hosting annual conferences and summits this year so be on the look-out for these announcements on our events page.

We are so proud to be working in community with you all and look forward to the accomplishments we will achieve together.

Onward!

Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO

You're invited to the Legislative Leadership Summit
hosted by APAICS on May 23-24, 2022!


During Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, APAICS is pleased to bring back our Legislative Leadership Summit in-person! Over the course of two days, tune in as subject matter experts, AA & NH/PI elected officials, community/corporate leaders, and more discuss various issues affecting our AA & NH/PIs and the nation at large. 
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This issue brief discusses the cycle of incumbency that protects men’s political power and why it must be dismantled to eliminate the roadblocks preventing women from serving in elected office. 
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Boards and Commissions Guides have been updated and now include new information about seeking appointments and how we can help you navigate the appointment process. 
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Your donation will not only help us accelerate political leadership of, by, and for all women, but will also help in bringing our nation closer to a truly respective democracy where all voices are heard.


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Have you read our "Political Incumbency-It's Complicated..." yet? ReflectUS CEO, Tiffany Gardner and The Barbara Lee Family Foundation Executive Director, Amanda Hunter talk political incumbency & the issues it presents for women candidates.
Read it on Newsweek!


Check out this op-ed by ReflectUS Texas Program Manager, Ruth Assi and Steer Fort Worth President, Erika Ramos published by The Fort Worth Star Telegram. Read all about how redistricting provides the perfect opportunity for emerging and diverse leaders to rise!
Read it on Fort Worth Star Telegram!

ReflectUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, cross-partisan coalition that accelerates and maximizes the collective impact of Coalition members, people, and organizations working to expand political leadership of, by, and for all women. Learn More

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

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