Women are 51% of the population in the United States but make up only:
For women of color, the numbers are even worse. Currently 35% of women are women of color. According to Catalyst the majority of women will be women of color by 2050.
In 2016 women of color only make up:
CAWP also tracks the partisanship of women officeholders:
At the current rate of increase in women’s representation, white women Democrats will continue to be over-represented relative to the overall population of women and it will take many, many generations to reach gender parity.
Number of women serving: 21 out of 100
Percentage of women serving: 21%
Number of Republicans: 5
Number of Democrats: 16
Women of color: 4
Most represented states: CA, NH, WA
First woman elected: Hattie Caraway (AR) in 1932
Fact sheet on women in the US Senate from the Center for American Women in Politics, Rutgers University
Number of women serving: 83* out of 435
Percentage of women: 19.1%
Number of Republicans: 21
Number of Democrats: 62
Women of color: 38 (35D, 3R)
First woman elected: Jeannette Rankin (MT) in 1916
*this number doesn’t include women delegates from American Samoa, Guam, DC, and the Virgin Islands
Fact sheet on women in the US House of Representatives from the Center for American Women in Politics, Rutgers University
Only 6 out of 50 U.S. states have women governors, 12 women serve as lieutenant governors, and 57 women hold other statewide offices such as attorney general or secretary of state.
Number of women serving: 75 out of 312
Percentage of women: 24%
# of Republicans: 41
# of Democrats: 34
First woman elected in her own right: Ella Grasso (CT) in 1975
Fact sheet on women in statewide elective office from the Center for American Women in Politics, Rutgers University.
Number of women serving: 1,832 out of 7,383 seats
Percentage of women: 24.8%
Number of Republicans: 703
Number of Democrats: 1,107
Number of nonpartisans: 13
Number of independents: 9
Women of color: 433
First women elected: Clara Cressingham, Carrie C. Holly, and Frances Klock - 1894
Fact sheet on women in state legislatures from the Center for American Women in Politics, Rutgers University.
Women serve as mayors in 262 - or 18.8% - of the cities with over 30,000 residents according to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Women make up 19% of the mayors in the 100 largest cities.
The number of ministerial positions held by women is an important variable given that many women who become heads of state have served in high level appointed positions prior to their selection as head of state.
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