Women hold only 19.4% of the seats in Congress and less than 25% of seats in our New York State legislature – 26th in the nation. NOW-NYC is committed to increasing women’s representation: we are educating voters on the women’s rights credentials of local candidates, working to elect pro-choice and pro-women’s rights leaders to represent our city, and lobbying for a strong platform of equality that cuts across issues.
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Women's Representation in US Government
Where we are now (By the Numbers):
The numbers don’t look good for women’s representation. The United States is ranked behind 71 other nations for women’s representation, with a woeful 104 out of 535 congressional seats belonging to women. When women are elected, powerful things can happen, and we need YOUR help to make sure we have pro-choice, women’s advocates elected to office!
- 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 June 2015
NOW PAC Endorsements
Who Does NOW-NYC Endorse?
The NOW-NYC PAC endorses candidates who represent voters living in New York City at the state and city level. This includes candidates seeking citywide office, City Council seats, or those representing New York City voters in the New York State Assembly and Senate. (Note, if you are seeking to represent voters in Brooklyn or Queens, please contact the Brooklyn/Queens NOW chapter.) For more information, contact NOW-NYC.
The NOW-NYC PAC also serves as a point of contact for candidates seeking to represent State voters at the state or national level, including State Assembly or Senate seats representing voters outside of New York City and those seeking to represent New York State voters at the national level. For more information, contact NOW New York State.
NOW National endorses candidates in federal races at the recommendation of our state chapter, which is made up of representatives from chapters throughout New York State, including NOW-NYC. For more information, contact NOW New York State.
What Is NOW Endorsement Process?
Endorsement by NOW-NYC
Request the appropriate NOW PAC Questionnaire by calling us at 212.627.9895 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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