We went beyond the spin and ran the numbers on the “most diverse Congress” in history. It’s not very new.
Biden Cabinet Picks Elevate Reflective Leadership
Brenda Choresi Carter, director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, comments on Biden cabinet picks elevating reflective leadership.
Seeking Reflective Leadership, Voters Elect Kamala Harris
Following the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President, Reflective Democracy Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter released a statement.
Op-Ed for Essence: Arbery Case Shows Why We Need More Diverse Prosecutors
In Essence, Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter on how Ahmaud Arbery’s case demonstrates that a criminal system managed by elected prosecutors who are 95% white is not just broken, but actually poses a danger to public safety.
Op-Ed for the Boston Globe: When you hear ‘electability,’ think women and people of color
In the Boston Globe, Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter explains our findings dispelling the myth of white male “electability.”
Op-ed for The Hill: The DCCC’s ‘blacklist’ protects a white male political status quo
Campaign Director Brenda Choresi Carter explains who gatekeepers are, how they operate, and how they impede democracy.
In Chicago (and Elsewhere), Women of Color Prosecutors Confront Entrenched Power
Were you confused by the fallout from Jussie Smollett’s apparent staging of a hate crime against himself? Some people felt let down when — after Chicago’s police chief publicly excoriated the young actor — no charges were filed against him. Was it fair for Smollett to walk away from all that chaos when so many…
Our Media Analysis: Don’t Hate Me Cuz You Ain’t Me
The mission of the Reflective Democracy Campaign is a nation where women and people of color hold a fair share of power, and all Americans are represented in government. To this end, we mine the data and issue groundbreaking reports about the astonishing overrepresentation of white men in politics and criminal justice. We fund grassroots…
Women and People of Color Run for Office; Panic Ensues
As experts on the demographics of political power in America, we at the Reflective Democracy Campaign are avidly following the aftermath of the 2017 elections. November’s remarkable victories by women and people of color inspired a surge of celebratory coverage, and predictions that the 2018 midterms will further disrupt the race and gender status quo…
Boosting Self-Esteem Won’t Result in More Female CEOs… or Senators
According to a recent article in the New York Times, the dearth of female CEOs in America can be traced back to women’s lack of innate self-confidence. We’re even served a real-life example: “A presenter asked a group of men and women whether anyone had expertise in breast-feeding. A man raised his hand. He had…
Greater Race & Gender Equity In Prosecutors Jump-Starts Criminal Justice Reform
When the Christian Science Monitor recently announced the advent of “a new breed of prosecutors,” the Reflective Democracy Campaign stood up and cheered. It was our data that first broke the news: across the country, 95% of elected prosecutors are white, and 83% are men. Meanwhile, black and brown people go to prison for drug…
The movement for reflective democracy continues
Since 2014, the Reflective Democracy Campaign has asked the fundamental question: Who Leads Us? We’ve dug into the demographics of political power in America, and what we found made national headlines: White men hold four times as much political power as all other Americans. Voters want elected leaders who reflect the American people, but neither…