State Legislatures

As state legislatures often serve as a launching pad for men and women who are elected to higher office, they are worth 30% of the Gender Parity Score. Fourteen points each are allocated based on the percentages of seats held by women in the state House and Senate. For example, if a state’s House is comprised of 25% women, then it would receive 3.5 points. A state also earns an additional half-point each for having a woman as House Speaker, Speaker Pro-Tempore, Senate President, or President Pro-Tempore.