Women in Politics & Women Voters
Quick Facts About Women in Politics
- Women hold 22 (22.0%) of the 100 Senate seats, up from 17 in the 112th Senate.
- Women hold 106 (19.8%) of the 535 seats in the House of Representatives, up from 79 in the 113th House of Representatives.
- There are 38 women of color in the 115th Congress, representing 7.1% of the total 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.
- In 2015, 1,871 (25.3% of the 7,383) state legislators are women, an increase from 1,789 in 2015.
- Women hold 446 (22.6%) of the 1,972 state senate seats and 1,425 (26.3%) of the 5,411 state house seats in 2018.
- In 2017, 71 women hold statewide elective executive offices around the country, or 22.8% of the 312 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
- 73.7 million women reported voting in 2016, 9.9 million more than men
Source: Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Updated July 2015