Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Women are still under-represented at all levels of government!

Women hold only 17% of the seats in Congress.
Only 22% of all statewide elective executive office positions are currently held by women.
State Legislatures are only 24% women.
Only 6 out of 50 states have a female governor.
The United States trails behind much of the world—ranking 90th in the number of women in our national legislature. (*Note: The U.S. is listed as 73rd, but after accounting for tied rankings of other countries, the ranking for the U.S. is 90th. Source)
On average, male cabinet appointees outnumber women cabinet appointees in our states by a ratio of 2 to 1.
50% less women than men consider of running for office. Of those, 30% less actually run, with only a fraction seeking higher office. (Lawless, Jennifer and Richard L Fox. It Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office. New York: Cambridge UP, 2005.)
Women constituted 54% of voters in the 2008 elections, but only 24% of state legislators.
Women of color represent only 4% of Congress and 23% of women Members of Congress.


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