December 15, 2008
The statistics speak the truth:
The United States ranks 89th in the world for women’s political involvement.
Since 1789 only 2% of members of congress have been women. At the current rate of progress, it will be 2076 before women achieve equal representation.
Current members of congress:
Senate -100 members – 17 women (17%)
House – 435 members – 72 women (17%) (20 of the women are from California)
Three states have never had a woman represent them in Congress: Vermont, Iowa and Mississippi and currently 17 states have no woman representing them in Washington.
In state government, nearly 25% of elected legislators and officials are women. Many states rank far below ranging from only 10 to 13%. Colorado leads the country with 40% females serving in the state legislature and at the bottom is South Carolina with just 10%.
Women serve as governor and lead just six (6) states in 2011: Oklahoma, Arizona, Washington, South Carolina, New Mexico, and North Carolina.
Among the largest cities in the United States eight women hold the office of mayor. Among cities over 30,000, 16% of the mayors are women.
*Data courtesy of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University