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

Happy Women's History Month!

We are proud to announce that ReflectUS has partnered with Comcast NBCUniversal to present the national event “A Conversation on Women’s Political Leadership” on March 18th at 6:00 p.m. ET.  

During the event, Congressional members from across the country will discuss the significant strides women have made in recent years, as well as the steps needed to continue this momentum. The panel, moderated by NBC Washington journalist Eun Yang, will consist of Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, with more to be announced. Seats are limited so I would encourage you to register now to secure your spot!

As part of our work to ensure many more victories for women, ReflectUS launched the “From the Ground Up” State Network powered by the ReflectUS Coalition members. "From the Ground Up” partners with local- and state-based organizations to design support systems and address institutional barriers that speak to the challenges facing women’s political leadership. While the State Network is open to all women, there is particular emphasis on support to women of color and working-class women’s access to political leadership. Our initial states include Missouri, Virginia, Washington and Texas.

ReflectUS has also published a new blog post, Change Was Her: An interview with Erin Loos Cutraro, as part of our series highlighting the great work of our Coalition Members. Erin Loos Cutraro, Founder and CEO of ReflectUS Coalition member She Should Run, spoke with us about She Should Run’s Change is Her campaign that targets women who already contribute, every day, to the wellness of their communities through action, support and care. Click here to read more about how Erin’s hope for the future manifested into the "Change is Her" campaign.

We also want to highlight a joint ReflectUS op-ed, “Incremental Growth is not Equal Representation” by Glynda Carr, Co-Founder and CEO of ReflectUS Coalition member Higher Heights, Madalene Mielke, President and CEO of ReflectUS Coalition member APAICS, and myself. The op-ed, published by Ms. Magazine, discusses the lack of Black women in the U.S. Senate and in House leadership, as well as the lack of AAPI serving in cabinet secretary positions. To quote from the op-ed: “We view current accomplishments with the keen understanding that we must be ever vigilant and not accept incremental representation as meeting the mark for which we’ve fought long and hard.”

Thank you to all those that joined our Black History Month event for our “Reflections” series. “Reflections” is a series of panel discussions, powered by our Coalition members, where national thought leaders discuss innovations in the women's representation field, provide updates on progress, and strategize steps individuals and communities can take to increase the number of women in political leadership positions. Visit our event page to register for upcoming Reflection events.

Onward!

Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO

APAICS Women’s Collective Program
Empower Hour: A conversation on “AAPI Firsts”

Date: Thursday, 3/25/2021

Time: 12-1pm EST

Description: This event will feature trailblazing elected AAPI women on “AAPI Firsts”. Join our panel to discuss the progress made by AAPI women in elected office, their own “firsts”, and how we build on the momentum from 2020.

About the Women’s Collective: The mission of the Women’s Collective is to build a community that inspires and supports AAPI women to become politically engaged by leading the national conversation about AAPI women representation in public service, uplifting AAPI women in politics, and connecting leaders and stakeholders to create a more reflective democracy.


 
REGISTER TO ATTEND
In an effort to help women begin their political leadership journey, ReflectUS created a collection of Boards and Commissions Guides.

Discover how you can get involved in your local boards and commissions—find available positions, appointment timelines, applications, and how to apply!
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.
 
The ReflectUS Internship program is 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.

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 Women, Higher Heights Leadership FundIGNITE NationalLatinasRepresentRepresentWomenShe Should RunVote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network

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