RepresentWomen Cynthia Terrell on Balance at the Ballot Box (Video)

Power Women Breakfast DC: The electoral system is rigged against women in the U.S., Cynthia Terrell, founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, says

Cynthia Terrell, founder and executive director of RepresentWomen, said Thursday at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, D.C. that the U.S. electoral system is rigged against women.

Terrell said that there are concrete steps that can be taken to correct the situation.

The current electoral system is winner-take-all, she said, and it protects incumbents and fortifies the status quo. But she suggested that a “ranked-choice” voting system, like the one used for voting on the Best Picture Oscar, could level the playing field.

In addition, Terrell outlined several steps that the U.S. could take to combat the gender disparity in legislatures at both the federal and state levels.

TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast franchise brings together influential women in entertainment, media, technology and finance in key cities to network and connect. Each event brings inspiring speakers to talk about issues that relate to professional women. Thursday’s event in the nation’s capital also featured congressional candidate Cori Bush and former Hillary Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri.

Watch the full video above.

Lindsey Ellefson

Media reporter • • Twitter: @ellefs0n

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