Lone Star Parity Project is dedicated to sharing the stories of women and femmes in Texas politics with a goal of discovering useful trends and tools that, once utilized, can ensure political parity to the state, across all levels of government.
Our long-term goal is to see more women and femmes elected to public office in Texas. To contribute to this goal, we share the advice and stories of participants, aggregate and analyze historical election research, compile qualitative attributes, and implement regional specific solutions throughout Texas.
Through the use of our two branches, research and features, we are attempting to disrupt the status quo of public office in the Lone Star State. Our simplistic, but novel, approach blends targeted storytelling, qualitative survey answers, and manually collected local election data to build the most comprehensive database of its kind. Our tailored information provides a measuring stick and path for increasing the number of women and femmes serving in office in the Lone Star State.
Research: Within our research branch, we aggregate multiple sources of data into one singular database that provides new insight into local political representation in the State of Texas. We study races from the federal to the local level, from present and past elections, and positions from appointed to student government on college campuses. We use this historic knowledge to interpret the underlying influence that affects candidates and how we can help women and femmes interested in running for office succeed.
Features: Within our features branch, we humanize the stories of women+ involved in politics across the State of Texas. We share leadership journeys of folks who are self-proclaimed activists, student political leaders, party affiliates, associated non-profiteers, candidates, and elected officials. Our variety of feature subjects helps us understand the stories surrounding the leaders from all levels of political experience. By sharing these stories, we are breaking down the barrier that women and femmes face in political media: they are not only overlooked but rarely have their stories shared regarding quality aspects of their campaign, their experiences, and their lives.
Lone Star Parity Project Lone Star Parity Project was a concept crafted by founders Brooke López and Adrianna Maberry, both long-time residents of Texas. After running for city council in North Texas at the age of 18, Brooke realized that there were major components to a race for office that cannot easily be known without firsthand experience. Brooke began sharing her story of campaigning with others and realized that the "real-life" advice she was able to provide was extremely beneficial to new candidates. As a candidate, Brooke López also realized that women seeking public office found greater difficulty than their male counterparts. Spurred by this experience, Brooke published her undergraduate senior thesis "Women in Government: Comparison of Local and State Political Candidacy," identifying a major gap in available data beyond statewide candidacies.
As fellow alum from the same alma mater (whoosh), Brooke partnered with data fanatic and GIS expert Adrianna Maberry under the Texas Civic Ambassador Program through the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life to conceive Lone Star Parity Project. This complementary duo began combining the value of firsthand experience with the power of data science to answer the question “How many women serve in local government?” By utilizing their specialties, Brooke and Adrianna have gathered a team of influential changemakers from across the State of Texas under the mission of sharing novel research, trends, and advice that informs the public on women’s representation in local politics.
We work fervently to bring more information to women and femmes that can be used for future candidacies across the political spectrum. Here are a few of our accomplishments:
In December 2017, we co-founded the Lone Star Parity Project.
Two of our submissions were selected for publication for the Apolitical Thought Leader Competition (you can read excerpts from those pieces here).
In 2019, we penned our first State of the Texas Woman, a report capturing how many women filed, run, and won elected office in Texas. In 2021, we released our second State of the Texas woman.
Our data is showcased in an exhibit at the Sue S. Bancroft Women’s Leadership Hall housed at Texas Woman's University, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy.
We have gathered upwards of 10,000 data points over the past three election cycles.
We have featured over 150 women+ on our webpage.