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 point each for having a woman as House Speaker or Senate President (or Senate President Pro Tempore, if the Senate President is the Lieutenant Governor).
See how many points your state received in our report, Gender Parity Index 2018, for its members of Congress here.