Women's Representation in State Government

Find out how voting reforms can impact state elections

Statewide Executive Office

Only 9 out of 50 U.S. states have women governors, 15 women serve as lieutenant governors, and 66 women hold other statewide offices such as attorney general or secretary of state. 20 states have never elected a woman governor.

infogram_0_4865b94b-0eaa-499c-ae83-8472ccc64a2cWomen Statewide Executives

Number of women serving: 94 out of 310
Percentage of women: 30%
Number of Republicans: 41
Number of Democrats: 51

Number of Nonpartisan:

Women of color:
First woman elected in her own right:
 Ella Grasso (CT) in 1975

infogram_0_8bd78c25-c242-4498-aabc-1a8f27a0c650Women Governors State by State


State Legislatures

Number of women serving: 2,274 out of 7,383 seats
Percentage of women: 31%
Number of Republicans: 746
Number of Democrats: 1,506
Number of nonpartisans: 13
Number of independents: 6

Number of Progressives: 2

Women of color: 552
First women elected: Clara Cressingham, Carrie C. Holly, and Frances Klock - 1894

infogram_0_8ab466b1-010d-4ce0-aab8-845eec8147afPercentage of women in state legislatures

infogram_0_8d859155-74cb-482d-80bd-66be0bc8d0e5Women in State Legislatures 1993-2019 (By the Numbers)