SXSW 2023

Solutions to Increasing Women's Representation


This panel will discuss the need to change both our socio political values as well as our voting systems in order to increase women’s representation in all levels of government. To do this, we can use the Twin Track Solution which is composed of the empowerment track and systems track. Panelists will discuss how empowering women by focusing on the development of individuals' knowledge and skills coupled with reforming electoral systems will reduce barriers to building women’s political power. By investing in long-term strategies that are relevant across the political spectrum, we can work to achieve gender parity more efficiently and create a more representative democracy.

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  1. There are structural barriers entrenched in our system preventing women from attaining political power that must be removed to achieve gender equality
  2. Preparing women by providing support to them as both individuals and elected officials is necessary for empowering women seeking political careers
  3. Changing our systems, rules, and policies that disadvantage women by implementing reforms like Ranked Choice Voting helps women gain political power



Katie Usalis, Director, Programs & Partnerships, RepresentWomen

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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