Cynthia Richie Terrell

Cynthia Richie Terrell is a founder of Representation2020 and FairVote. She worked extensively on political campaigns for the U.S. President, U.S. House and U.S. Senate, for governor and for state and city-wide initiative efforts, including a state equal rights amendment and a city campaign for fair representation voting.

Terrell has been published in the Washington Post, The NationThe Philadelphia Inquirer and The Christian Science Monitorand has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. She has three children and is active in the Quaker community and in civic affairs. She graduated with a B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College in 1986.

Recent Articles

A Title IX for Women in Politics

Title IX has been credited with helping American women athletes star in this year’s Rio Olympics. The same types of systemic changes are now needed to achieve parity for women in American politics.

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Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Senators Claire McCaskill, right, and Susan Collins, right, conduct a news conference in the Capitol to announce a new bipartisan jobs bill entitled the Bipartisan Jobs Creation Act, December 6, 2011. T he 2016 Olympics in Rio were both a triumph for American athletes and a tribute to the lasting impact of Title IX, the 1972 law that set out to equalize educational and athletic opportunities for the nation’s women and girls. Women made up a majority the 554 American athletes at this year’s Olympics, and brought home fully half of the 121 medals won by U.S. competitors. For women seeking parity in the United States, particularly in the political sphere, Title IX offers an important road map. Female athletes were not told to change their attire, behavior, or strategy, as women in politics are constantly advised to do. They were materially helped by legal protections and systemic policy changes. As the nation gears up to vote in a presidential...