ReflectUS is a nonpartisan coalition of eight leading women’s political organizations working together to increase the number of women in office and achieve equal representation across the ideological, racial, ethnic and geographic spectrum. Joining forces as a record number of women are poised to run for office in the 2018 elections and beyond, our organizations – Empowered Women, Higher Heights, IGNITE, LatinasRepresent, RepresentWomen, She Should Run, VoteRunLead and Women Influencers Network – are taking action because we refuse to wait any longer for representation in the 520,000 elected offices across the United States.

Female leaders continue to prove they are better prepared to find compromise, govern effectively, and achieve results for our country. Our organizations recognize that we can only succeed if we work together, so we have established a coalition that is bigger, more inclusive, and more unified than ever before. We’re combining the unique resources, experiences and know-how of eight leading organizations to help more women to run, win and serve – creating a pipeline of qualified, experienced female public officials. Through taking a collaborative, data-driven approach to the gender disparity crisis, we will open doors to the electoral system and expand public education outreach on the importance of women in political leadership.

At present, women make up 19% of Congress, 25% of state legislature officials and 20 percent of locally-elected positions. Beyond the statistics, women across the country are demanding equality and respect at every level of society – from the workplace to the halls of Congress. The time is now to achieve a system that reflects all of us.