Women in Politics & Women Voters
Quick Facts About Women in Politics
- Women hold 20 (20.0%) of the 100 Senate seats, up from 17 in the 112th Senate.
- Women hold 84 (19.3%) of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, up from 79 in the 113th House of Representatives.
- There are 33 women of color in the 114th Congress, representing 6.2% of the total members of Congress and 31.7% of the 104 women members of Congress.
- In 2007, Nancy Pelosi was the first woman elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
- Six of the current governors are women.
- Nikki Haley (R-SC) is the first woman of color elected to governor.
- In 2015, 1,789 (24.2% of the 7,383) state legislators are women, an increase from 1,781 in 2013.
- Women hold 437 (22.2%) of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,352 (25.0%) of the 5,411 state house seats in 2015.
- In 2015, 79 women hold statewide elective executive offices around the country, or 24.8% of the 318 available positions.
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Quick Facts on Women Voters
- Women, who make up 52% of the population, are more likely to vote than men
- 71.4 million women reported voting in 2012, 9.8 million more than men
- Approximately 35 million eligible women didn’t vote on election day 2004
Source: Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Updated July 2015