Where Do We Stand?
At a time when institutions are often viewed as out of touch, women bring alternative priorities to public life that resonate with the everyday concerns of Americans. Women work out compromises. Women are ethical. Women will fight to improve Americans’ quality of life. Women just may be our best tool to reverse growing trends of voter fatigue and frustration with government.
Yet, in today’s Congress, and indeed across most sectors of leadership, women are severely underrepresented.
Here is the current status of elected women in the United States:
And at state and local levels:
- 23.4% of statewide executives are women (includes 6 governors, 12 lieutenant governors and 55 other statewide elected officials)
- 25.4% of state legislatures are made up of women
- 22.8% of state senate seats are held by women
- 26.3% of state house/assembly seats are held by women
- 21.8% of mayors of cities over 30,000 are women
- 21% of mayors of the U.S.’s 100 largest cities are women