Cities

Women's Representation in Local Government

Find out how voting reforms can impact local elections

Executive Office

As of 2021, women serve as 31% of mayors the nation's 100 largest cities, according to the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University. Women of color make up 14% of mayors in the nation's 100 largest cities.

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Legislative Bodies

As of the beginning 2021, among the largest 100 cities in the United States, the average percentage of women on city councils with only at-large seats was 40.1% while the average percentage of women on city councils with only single member district seats was 39.4%. When city councils have both at-large seats and single-member district seats, the average percentage of women was 44%.

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Did You Know? 

Research by CivicPulse in 2022 indicates that fewer than one in three top appointed officials are women in local government. Check out the resources on the Diversity Dashboard to learn more! 

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