June 2021    
Dear ReflectUS Community,

Welcome to our June newsletter!

ReflectUS is happy to announce that we recently published an opinion piece, “The Change Women Need: Systemic Reforms Power The Path To Equality,” with Cynthia Terrell, executive director and founder of ReflectUS Coalition member RepresentWomen. The op-ed, published by The Fulcrum, discusses how the U.S. is lagging behind its peer countries with respect to gender representation in political leadership (we currently rank 67th in the world), and the innovative strategies other countries have adopted to improve their numbers. Read the full piece to learn more about how ReflectUS and our Coalition members are working toward increasing gender representation using novel approaches. 

At our next “Reflections” series event, we will host a panel of ReflectUS Coalition members to discuss how women's candidate training programs have prepared hundreds of thousands of women to serve in political leadership and why these programs continue to be necessary. Our Coalition members have been at the forefront of training and preparing women to run for office across the country. Come hear from these experts on June 24th at 7:00 p.m. ET for Reflections: The Role of Women's Training Programs in Preparing for Political Leadership

As you may know, ReflectUS has begun working in Missouri. In partnership with Missouri M.A.D.E. and WEPOWER (our ReflectUS Missouri State Network partners), we recently released our newest heatmap covering Missouri women serving in political leadership. The ReflectUS Missouri heatmap details the extreme lack of political leadership held by women in Missouri. Through our work, we hope to change this by guiding women in Missouri through the process of running for office and identifying and addressing any impediments to their participation. 

We are making progress towards greater representation of women in U.S. political leadership. One of the ways this progress is being realized is through appointments to boards and commissions. To help more women begin their political leadership journey, ReflectUS created a collection of Boards and Commissions Guides for the state of Texas and we are happy to announce that we now have similar guides for the state of Virginia! Discover how you can get involved in your local boards and commissions in Virginia—find available positions, appointment timelines, applications, and how to apply.


Tiffany Gardner, ReflectUS CEO

She Should Run Starter Kit

Curious about running for office but unsure where to start? Haven’t thought much about it because you wouldn’t know where to start? With the She Should Run Starter Kit, they’re taking all the guessing out of it so you can start taking your first steps with ease. From an easy quiz that will help you determine which office to run for to a guide with everything you need to combat sexism, this kit is a dedicated set of resources created to help everyone better understand and advocate for women’s political representation. It is specifically targeted to help women navigate through their initial questions and concerns while considering running for office as a viable option for themselves. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

Learn more at

Last week, the ReflectUS Coalition members participated in another informative "Reflections" event to discuss the need for strategic appointments, with an eye towards greater gender representation on local boards and commissions and in vacant state and federal offices. The conversation was informative and inspirational as these national thought leaders discussed real-world strategies and approaches toward increasing representation.

If you were unable to attend, you could watch the recording of the conversation, Reflections: Strategically Appointing Diverse Women

The panelists include Madalene Mielke, APAICS; Glynda Carr, Higher Heights; Stephanie Lopez, LatinasRepresent; and Cynthia Terrell, RepresentWomen.
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), Higher Heights Leadership FundIGNITE NationalLatinasRepresentRepresentWomenShe Should RunVote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network

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