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U.S. Overview

Women are 51% of the population in the U.S. but make up only:

  • 25% of the U.S. Senate
  • 23% of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 29% of statewide elected executives
  • 29% of state legislative seats
  • 22% of mayors in cities with populations over 30,000
  • 0% of presidents of the United States


For certain demographics, the numbers are even worse

Women of color, Republican women, young women, and low-income women are especially underrepresented.

Learn more about how demographics affect representation


In 2019 women of color only make up:

  • 37% of the women serving in Congress
  • 19% of the women serving as statewide elected executives
  • 25% of female state legislators
  • 37% of mayors in the nation’s 100 largest cities 

In 2019 Republican women only make up:

  • 32% of women serving in the U.S. Senate
  • 13% of women serving in the U.S. House
  • 33% of women serving as governors
  • 31% of women state legislators


Source: Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University (CAWP). Updated October 2019.



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