US Overview

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Women are 51% of the population in the United States but make up only:

  • 21% of the U.S. Senate
  • 19% of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 24% of statewide offices
  • 24% of state legislative seats
  • 18% of mayors in cities with populations over 30,000
  • 0% of presidents of the United States!

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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:

  • 32% of the women serving in Congress
  • 12% of the women serving in statewide elected offices

CAWP also tracks the partisanship of women officeholders:

  • 6/20 women serving in the U.S. Senate are republican
  • 22/104 women serving in the U.S. House are republican
  • 3/6 women serving as governors are republican
  • 709/1,086 women state legislators are republican

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.

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