Press Release: ReflectUS Publishes New Analysis of Challenges Women Face While Serving in Elected Office, Offers Solutions

Ensuring Success: What Happens After Women Win is a deep analysis of the barriers elected women face while serving in office and a proposal to address these challenges

NEW YORK – ReflectUS, the national, nonpartisan coalition of the eight leading women’s representation organizations working together to increase the number of women elected to office, released a groundbreaking new analysis on the challenges elected women face in political leadership. 

In Ensuring Success: What Happens After Women Win, ReflectUS offers an inside look at the political structures that make it more difficult for women to effectively serve while proposing critical solutions to address these systemic barriers. 

“Women are well aware of the disparity that exists in political spaces. We have seen how women can be portrayed in the media, we watch how some male colleagues treat elected women, and we know how women in politics can be targets for harassment and intimidation. ReflectUS analyzed these experiences and provides a deep analysis of the impacts of these actions,” said ReflectUS CEO Tiffany Gardner. 

“Change in our political structures is long overdue,” continued Gardner. “The results of this analysis demonstrate that we need political party structures to take a stronger leadership role in dismantling systems that thwart women’s political leadership – not only for the women currently serving, but for those women and girls who aspire to public service in an elected capacity one day. True representative democracy demands that we ensure women have more opportunities with fewer obstacles.” 

The full issue brief is available at Ensuring Success: What Happens After Women Win.




ReflectUS is the nonpartisan coalition of the eight leading women’s organizations working together. We combine the unique resources, experiences, and know-how of the leading organizations to equip more women to run, win, and serve—creating lasting change built on qualified, experienced women public officials.

Coalition members include Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), Higher Heights Leadership Fund, IGNITE National, LatinasRepresent, RepresentWomen, She Should Run, Vote Run Lead, and Women’s Public Leadership Network.