From vibrant infographics to detailed data, here’s your toolkit for advancing Reflective Democracy. Following the 2016 ascent of white male supremacy into the highest reaches of government, opening the halls of power to leaders who reflect the life experiences of all Americans is quite simply our best chance to reclaim and rebuild American democracy.

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Shortly after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker cited our work in discussing the pernicious “asymmetry between demographics and political leadership” in Ferguson and across the nation. The Campaign has been featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Atlantic, New Republic, NPR, and other national outlets, and our data and analysis have been used by countless journalists covering the demographics of political power. Against the backdrop of Trump’s election and the subsequent groundswell of outsider candidates, our research is key to making sense of this chain of unprecedented developments.

 

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Our first-ever study of the demographics of elected prosecutors helped launch a nation-wide movement: Mobilized by our data, major national foundations stepped in to start dismantling the reign of mostly white male prosecutors over a criminal justice system with unbounded power over black and brown communities. After our grantee Michigan United prepared a cohort of local grassroots activists for public leadership positions, 11 trainees ran for office and four won their elections, bringing more low-income women and people of color into the halls of power. With our support, community organizations across the country are now building on this model. Thoughtful investments can help fix a democracy in crisis by bringing race and gender equity into the political process. Learn how with these tools.

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Do women have an equal voice in local government? What percentage of elected prosecutors are white? Find out in our data on the race and gender of politicians and candidates at the federal, state, and county levels, as well as the 200 largest cities and 38 major metropolitan areas. Our opinion research offers fresh insights on how voters feel about the demographics of power. Since the 2016 elections, our data has taken on new meaning. Our findings underscore just how far our democracy has to go before women and people of color gain their share of seats at the table of power. They also show encouraging trends since the election of Donald Trump. These quantitative and qualitative tools offer context and insights for everything from Trump’s ascent to the more recent victories by women and people of color up and down the ballot nationwide.

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